Cisco expands partnership with Gujarat Govt on skill development

Cisco and Government of Gujarat
(L-R: Vijay Rupani, Honourable Chief Minister, Gujarat; Michael Timmeny, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer, Cisco; Harish Krishnan, MD, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements, Cisco India & SAARC; Anil Nair, Managing Director-CDA, Cisco India & SAARC)

In alignment with its aim to boost digital transformation across the country, Cisco has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Government of Gujarat.

This collaboration will help the brand in ensuring digital training and skill development across the State.

Under the initiative, several programmes in association with the Directorate of Employment and Training (DET), the Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS), Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) and Commissionerate of Health (CoH) are planned to be implemented over the next 12 months.

 “We are committed to make the state of Gujarat a leader in the digital economy and bring benefits of digitisation to its citizens. The partnership with Cisco is a step towards this direction and enables our dream of a better quality of life for the people of Gujarat. As one of the fastest growing states of the country, Gujarat has always focussed on developing the skills of its people. Through investing in the talent of its people, Gujarat ensures its path towards economic growth and sustainable prosperity,” said Vijay Rupani, Honourable Chief Minister, Gujarat

With this, Cisco will aim at leveling-up the digital skills, and expand its Networking Academy programmes into all Government ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) in Gujarat, ensuring world-class curriculum to ITI students.

The company has joined hands with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and planned to deliver employability skills in 100 ITI’s.

Michael Timmeny, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer, Cisco said “This partnership is aimed at bridging the digital skill-gap in the country and enabling citizens to become technology innovators and problem solvers of the future. Through its digital education initiatives, Gujarat is fostering an environment to make collaboration and innovation possible, and Cisco is a proud partner.”

It will be working with Gujarat Knowledge Society, Comissionarate of Technical Education for unveiling the Networking Academy Programme in Government, Polytechnic and Engineering Colleges.

For ensuring improvement in terms of skill sets for healthcare employees within the State, Cisco will be working with the Commissionerate of Health (CoH) to pilot employability skills for nurses from Government Hospitals and nursing students in Government Colleges.

It will also undertake a pilot for Telemedicine in Gujarat to offered leveled-up hospital access in a remote rural area. Its NGO partner Indus Action will help in leveraging digital tools to enhance the implementation and monitoring of Right To Education (RTE) Act programs related to inclusive education.

Harish Krishnan, MD, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements, Cisco said, “A digitised State is an empowered State, where digital literacy is the new currency of employment. The government’s vision to transform Gujarat into a digital state is visionary and will create huge opportunities for the state, its citizens and the nation. We are thrilled to partner with the government of Gujarat.”

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