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Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India

Global tech giant Microsoft has launched an initiative in partnership with the Indian government to launch a program on critical AI and intelligent cloud computing skills for the government officials.

The program, Digital Governance Tech Tour,  is in line with the country’s ‘Digital India’ vision, comprises a series of physical and virtual workshops and aims to train 5,000 personnel over a period of 12 months that will help drive change across businesses, communities and governments towards fulfilling the country’s 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, while empowering more secure inter-departmental and cross-agency collaboration, Microsoft said in a statement adding that through this program, the company will help upskill government officials, equipping them with the digital skills and experience to successfully deploy cloud-based solutions.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of  NITI Aayog, said, “For our country, the power of AI, cloud services, and data analytics needs to be brought to bear in core sectors for inclusive economic growth.  As we move beyond pilots and understand 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. Collaboration with academia and the industry and initiatives such as this will help build the foundation towards an AI-enabled future.”

Microsoft has been a longstanding partner in India’s digital transformation journey, enabling technology-led transformation in government and across various key sectors including education, agriculture, and healthcare. Microsoft is the first global public cloud service provider to be accredited by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). Its hyper-scale, flexible and secure local cloud services from three India data centers in Pune, Mumbai and Chennai – Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft365 –  are already accelerating cloud innovation and opening new possibilities in e-governance and inclusive digital growth, according to the statement.

“AI and the cloud can enable path-breaking innovation and drive the next phase of India’s growth. Continuous focus on learning and improving skillsets for all is a must to make this a reality. Microsoft’s first-of-its-kind Digital Governance Tech Tour for government officials reiterates our commitment to 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.

The Digital Governance Tech Tour will be open for technocrats and IT professionals across the Government ecosystem and has been designed keeping in mind all skill levels required at every stage of Government’s cloud adoption journey – from integrating on-premise core infrastructure with cloud platforms to operationalizing cloud analytics solutions.

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by Priyanka Pani
Senior Regional Correspondent, Middle East and Asia
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