Indian Think Tank, IBM Co-Design Internship Program To Skill Students In Blockchain

Blockchain, Education | October 11, 2018 By:

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), a policy think tank of the Indian government, has announced an internship program where students will be equipped with skills in innovative technologies, such as blockchain.

The program, part of the think tank’s partnership with tech giant IBM, will help students better align with industry imperatives and make them future-proof. Over 40 top performing high school students, selected by the Atal Innovation Mission, will go through a two-week paid internship at the IBM Bengaluru campus to make them ready in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain. IBM volunteers and mentors will also train select teachers to become innovation coaches.

IBM said the two-week program is part of its commitment to upskill next generation for future jobs in technology’s fastest-growing fields. It added that the program will allow students to experience the corporate environment and gain exposure to new technologies.

“If India aspires to become a knowledge-driven economy, it has to focus on up-skilling and re-skilling its workforce to move up the value chain,” said Chaitanya Sreenivas, Vice President and HR Head, IBM India. “Our collaboration with NITI Aayog will help students better align with industry imperatives and make them future-proof. The industry, ecosystem and government partnership is the key towards building India’s talent base to compete in the global economy.”

R Ramanan, Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission at NITI Aayog, said the objective of the initiative is to inspire students and support the innovation ecosystem to work towards improving the learning environment and creating more local innovators from India.

“We believe IBM’s resources will enable the students with new-age capabilities and impart valuable problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to create the job creators of the future,” said Ramanan.