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Govt to create workforce to meet new IT requirements

New Delhi: In a move aimed at revamping technology training modules, the government has directed National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (Nielit) to revamp its functioning to meet growing challenges in the field of electronics and information technology. The information technology education arm of the Electronics & IT Ministry has been directed to take up the task of creating a new workforce in the emerging IT fields.
Directing Nielit officials, Electronics & IT Minister Ravi Shankar stressed that nationwide efforts have to be made to create a workforce to meet new requirements and ensure that India continues to play a lead role in the era of IT revolution.
To realise targets of the minister, the Nielit would have to engage staff skilled in new technologies and expand its reach by setting up at least one branch in every state. At present, the department is conducting 97 courses in information technology and electronics.
The Nielit has also been directed to prepare capsule programme for upskilling of the existing workforce in the government sector. Digital skilling has also been kept on the top priority as the country is moving towards establishing a transparent system which a more efficient and able to check corruption.
At the meeting, the attention was also drawn to the growing need of cybersecurity experts and stressed on gearing up to substantially bridge this gap. The department has also been tasked to upskill officials in the police and other law enforcing agencies involved in cyber-forensics.
Review the functioning of Nielit at the annual general body meeting, Prasad said that effort to improve turnover should be pursued through expansion of activity and must target at reaching at an annual turnover of Rs 1,000 crore in five years. The Nielit registered a growth of over 19 per cent in 2016-17 with a turnover of Rs 356.35 crore. The Nielit has been recently given the task of upskilling 4,000 government staff in Uttar Pradesh government.
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