ICDL Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) of India to start formal collaboration on improving digital literacy skills of the people of India in April 2016. Both parties aim to explore various opportunities to implement ICDL certification programmes in India, including skilling 1 million migrating candidates, as well as other NSDC school or university initiatives in the next five years.
“The ICDL certification programme, being the international standard in digital literacy, will greatly enhance Indian candidates’ workplace digital skills and job mobility,” said Ms Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia. “We support the Prime Minister’s vision of making India the Skills Capital of the World, and we can contribute to NSDC’s grand target to skill 400 million Indians by 2022,” she further added.
ICDL Country Manager for India, Mr Sayem Mehmood also said, “In India, ICDL is working with corporates, ministries, state governments and educational institutions to improve the digital skills, particularly of the youth.”
To emphasise the relevance of ICDL programmes to Indian people, the Chief Executive Officer of NSDC, Mr Jayant Krishna commented, “The partnership with ICDL would help in the furtherance of the Government of India’s ‘Skill India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives. The certification is not only important for migrant workers who are going overseas, but also important for domestic workers across all industries.”