Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has partnered with an online learning platform to train around 50,000 youth unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in technology skills, a senior official said Thursday.
Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) President Subroto Bagchi said the link to Coursera, formalized on World Youth Skills Day on Wednesday, is a milestone in the state’s efforts “to globalize competition from its young boys”.
“The bond has also increased Odisha’s visibility through her progressive approach,” he said.
The partnership is part of Coursera’s global implementation of the “Workforce Recovery Initiative,” where any state or country can provide unemployed workers free access to online learning. About 50,000 unemployed youth in Odisha will receive training, a Coursera official said.
The program aims to train participants in data science, cloud computing and the Internet of Things, in addition to offering professional certification courses, he said.
Rashmita Panda, Director of Employment-CEO of OSDA, said the association aims to improve the employability of the state’s youth by improving their skills, particularly “during the current challenging scenario for the economy and the labor market.”
“We are excited to collaborate with Coursera to provide our citizens with access to the best learning content in the world, giving them the opportunity to develop the latest digital skills,” he said.
Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said: “We are honored to partner with the Odisha government in its efforts to transform the state into a global talent hub by providing broad-based training opportunities to its youth.” Students can register for courses offered through the initiative before September 30.