Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Launches Skill India Digital: Revolutionizing Skill Development in India

New Delhi – In a historic and transformative move, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, unveiled *Skill India Digital (SID)* today. This visionary digital platform promises to reshape the landscape of skill development in India, ushering in a new era of accessibility, innovation, and empowerment.

Skill India Digital, often referred to as the Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) for skilling, education, employment, and entrepreneurship, is set to become the cornerstone of India's journey towards equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. With a strong emphasis on digital technology and Industry 4.0 skills, SID aims to accelerate talent acquisition, promote lifelong learning, and pave the way for career advancement.

This groundbreaking initiative is in perfect harmony with the G20 framework, focusing on enhancing digital skills and literacy. Moreover, it serves as a comprehensive portal to access government-led skilling and entrepreneurship programs, making it the ultimate resource for individuals seeking continuous learning and career growth.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan emphasized that Skill India Digital will consolidate and unite all skilling efforts, bolstering India's reputation as a global skills hub. This open-source platform is designed to address the diverse skilling needs of India's demographic diversity, taking a significant step towards harnessing the country's demographic dividend.

The platform envisions skilling opportunities for everyone, irrespective of location or background, ushering in a paradigm shift in learning and skill development tailored for the digital age.

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics, IT, underscored the pivotal role of DPIs, with Skill India Digital being a shining example. It perfectly aligns with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision for New India, where skill development and digitalization converge to create abundant opportunities for the youth.

**Key Features of Skill India Digital (SID):**

1. **Aadhaar/AI-based Facial Authentication**

2. **Digital Verifiable Credentials (DVC)**

3. **Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Recommendations**

4. **Aadhaar-based eKYC**

5. **Digital Learning**

6. **Citizen-Centric Approach**

7. **Mobile-First Approach**

8. **Scale and Speed**

9. **Security Measures**

10. **Interoperability**

11. **WhatsApp Chatbot**

12. **Ease of Doing Business**

Skill India Digital places a premium on user-friendliness, multilingual support, and mobile accessibility, ensuring inclusivity across diverse backgrounds and languages. Its robust Aadhaar-based eKYC process guarantees that only genuine participants benefit from its offerings.

A significant milestone is the introduction of the *Digitally Verified Credential*, revolutionizing the way qualifications are presented and acknowledged. This secure, tamper-proof, and verifiable format empowers users to confidently showcase their qualifications and experiences.

Furthermore, Skill India Digital introduces Digital CVs via personalized QR codes, simplifying the sharing of an individual's skills and achievements with potential employers and partners.

The platform's holistic approach to training and skill development integrates both Central and State government programs, creating a centralized hub for skill enhancement across various sectors and regions.

During the launch event, several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were exchanged with leading organizations, including AICTE, CBSE, NIELIT, Infosys, Microsoft, AWS (Amazon), RedHat, Wadhwani Foundation, UNICEF, Future Skills Prime, SAP, and Tech Mahindra Foundation, furthering digital skilling and industry participation.

Skill India Digital stands as a beacon of innovation and progress, offering personalized learning, secure authentication, and national convergence. Its journey continues to inspire and empower, leaving an indelible mark on Indian education and skill development.

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