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Tech Giants to Train Indian Government Officials in AI, Cloud

We have had successful meetings with senior government leaders on this subject as AWS is already leading in skilling the students

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This is the right time to skill them, train them in AI-enabled Cloud computing so that India can move faster on embracing new-age technologies. Pixabay

As the Narendra Modi government goes bullish on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud computing, Blockchain and data analytics, the daunting task ahead is to train millions of government officials so that these disruptive technologies can be optimised for the benefit of over one billion-plus people.

Beyond skilling students, young coders and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies, the onus is now on tech giants to train the men in the system — especially in the information technology (IT) departments — and Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is retail giant Amazon’s Cloud arm, is set to embark on this journey.

There is already a lot of talk happening within the government agencies about the success they have had after moving to Cloud.

“This is the right time to skill them, train them in AI-enabled Cloud computing so that India can move faster on embracing new-age technologies. We have had successful meetings with senior government leaders on this subject as AWS is already leading in skilling the students and upskilling the workforce in the country,” Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Global Public Sector — APAC and Japan, told IANS.

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Beyond skilling students, young coders and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies, the onus is now on tech giants to train the men in the system — especially in the information technology (IT) departments — and Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is retail giant Amazon’s Cloud arm. Pixabay

According to Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, training relevant government employees is the key to fulfil the mission of Prime Minister Modi who aims to create a Cloud-first approach towards skilling and digital transformation, thus empowering over a billion people.

“It is high time the Indian government deploys AI and Machine Learning-driven Cloud models to make sense of the humongous sets of data. Training is a crucial part of this exercise,” Carlson told IANS.

As part of its vision to provide a “One Government” experience to citizens, the Modi government is moving forward rapidly to implement the India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) — a single window digitisation solution for cashless, paperless and faceless services. This will require a quicker and seamless implementation of AI-driven Cloud across the spectrum.

Microsoft India is also not behind on its vision to train Indian government officials in emerging technologies.

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The company last month announced the “Digital Governance Tech Tour” programme to skill government IT officials in technologies like AI and intelligent Cloud computing.

Microsoft will organise a series of physical and virtual workshops to train 5,000 government IT personnel over a period of 12 months.

“The first-of-its-kind ‘Digital Governance Tech Tour’ for government officials reiterates our commitment of being a trusted partner to the government by enabling and empowering officials to do more with technology in service of the citizens,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

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There is already a lot of talk happening within the government agencies about the success they have had after moving to Cloud. Pixabay

According to NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, as India moves beyond pilots and understands how to scale AI implementation and Cloud adoption across states and sectors, “it is vital to equip the ecosystem with the right know-how and skills”.

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As India advances towards fulfilling its vision of becoming a $5 trillion economy, applying AI and data analytics using secure and compliant Cloud-based tools can provide actionable, predictive and effective citizen-focused services. (IANS)

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Survey Reveals that Indian Youth Prefer Job Stability Over Salary

79 per cent of the survey respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 cities, the study revealed

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Research reveals that job security, followed by a healthy work-life balance, drives Indian youth to opt for banking and government jobs. Pixabay

A survey on Monday revealed that job security, followed by a healthy work-life balance, drives Indian youth to opt for banking and government jobs.

Based on the responses from 5000 banking and government jobs aspirants across the country, the survey from the online competitive exam preparation space — Oliveboard found that 44.3 per cent respondents voted for job stability, while 36.7 per cent chose better work-life balance over other popular considerations, such as good salary (11.1 per cent).

79 per cent of the survey respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 cities, the study revealed.

“When we speak of the aspirations of Indian youth, it is important to look beyond the mega cities, teeming with MNCs and startups. The majority of Indians live in small towns and villages, where public sector jobs are most sought after,” said Abhishek Patil, CEO and Co-founder, Oliveboard.

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When we speak of the aspirations of Indian youth, it is important to look beyond the mega cities, teeming with MNCs and startups. Pixabay

“Our survey sheds light on the dreams and motivations of this oft-ignored section of society,” Patil said.

According to the survey, 23 per cent of the respondents opted for a mock test in Hindi instead of English.

In terms of preferred mode for exam preparation, 58.7 per cent voted for online mock tests, while YouTube classes and videos (44.5 per cent) came second, and traditional coaching institutes (8.4per cent) were the last choice.

A majority of the candidates (39.4 per cent) prepare for three or more competitive exams at the same time, the study said.

The survey also found that access to online coaching for competitive exams, such as JEE, NEET, Banking, SSC and GATE, has gained greater momentum.

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Job security, followed by a healthy work-life balance, drives Indian youth to opt for banking and government jobs. Pixabay

Online learning and personalised education tools are replacing traditional coaching methods.

Social media is definitely a game-changer, offering easy access to discussion forums and study groups.

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According to the data, Telegram groups (31.5 per cent), WhatsApp groups (31.5 per cent) and Oliveboard discussion forum (27.1 per cent) are the most popular platforms to interact with peers and educators. (IANS)