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NSDC, Podar Eduspace and EduCLaaS sign an MoU to empower India’s youth through apprenticeship-based post graduate education programs

New Delhi, 13th December 2022: The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) today signed an MoU with Podar Eduspace Pvt Ltd, and EduCLaaS Pvt. Ltd for imparting futuristic and digital skills in India’s youth to make them future ready through special apprenticeships-based post graduate education programs.
There will be two programmes introduced under the partnership that will skill the young Indian talent pool. The duration of these programmes is 24 months where in the first six months the candidates will go through intense online training followed by 18 months of online on-the-job corporate apprenticeship leading to International Master’s Degree from a European University. Program fees will be funded by Apprenticeship making it Zero Cost program for Students. This collaboration envisions to fulfil the aspirations of young Indians who want to be a part of today’s progressive job market and will entail courses like Software Engineering and Cloud Computing which will specialize the students in future technologies such as python programming, database management and cloud management, administration, and security skills. Most importantly, the selected candidates will be given interview and apprenticeship opportunities with the large organisations.
The MoU was signed between Shri Ved Mani Tiwari, COO, (Officiating CEO), NSDC, Mr. Rajiv Podar, Director, Podar Eduspace Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Leslie Loh, Founder and CEO EduCLaaS Pvt. Ltd.
These courses will provide training to the enrolled students through live sessions and self-paced asynchronous modules, delivering extensive knowledge about digital skills using a series of videos, flip cards, diagrams, and other visuals. The partnership will benefit candidates who aim to become digital business analysts, data analysts, data managers, data scientists, Cloud computing experts, Cloud management specialists. Upon completion of the 6-month training, candidates will be eligible for a paid apprenticeship of 18 months with the international and local MNCs, unicorns, hyper-growth companies, and start-ups that will unlock myriad employment opportunities for them in the global market.

Speaking on the collaboration, Shri Ved Mani Tiwari, COO, (Officiating CEO), NSDC said, “NSDC in pursuance of its core purpose of providing Opportunities for All through Skills for All vision is focussing on future skills which help our youth to get ready to participate in workplaces of future. This apprenticeship based post-graduation program will help students get experience of working in international organisations while pursuing an international post-graduation program. The apprenticeship aspect of the program helps student substantially finance their post-graduation and also helps them acquire industry relevant work experience.”
We are delighted to partner with NSDC and EduCLaaS and will help India’s youth to enhance their skill set to become future ready. We as an institute understand the evolving business needs and introduce modules that are aimed at achieving practical outcomes in real time. It is our endeavour to bring-in feature rich modules for enrolled students and with NSDC’s rich experience in skill training, we believe we can empower many youths to build their knowledge, capabilities and become employable, said Mr. Rajiv Podar, Director, Podar Eduspace.
He welcomed the partnership which will bring this special opportunity of empowering Indian youth with “First-of its-kind” Education program that provides “Learn – Work – Earn”. The two programmes will give students skill training, degree and Work Experience without being any Financial Burden. It also aligns with the NEP 2020 that emphasises on holistic learning with a blend of education and Skill development. This further fulfils Our Hon. PM’s vision of Skilling India for a brighter future.

Mr. Leslie Loh, Founder and CEO, Educlass Pvt Ltd said, digitalization and technology have been rapidly thriving post the pandemic in India and digital skills has become prerequisite in today’s talent market. In a bid to make youth future ready, our collaboration will provide seamless training modules to the students to bridge the digital talent crunch in accordance with the mission of Digital India and Skill India. It will enable us to equip students with industry-relevant skills for democratizing job opportunities in large organizations and make them employable.
I believe the collaboration will address the existing skill gap by focusing on the holistic growth and development of India’s young talent pool and will increase their employability. Through this partnership, our endeavour is to deliver effective mentorship to the students under bootcamp training and prepare them for the future of work, he added.
In this apprenticeship program, the students will be assessed based on the presentation and project work, designed to measure the tangible results of new-age skill levels of the students. The students will be awarded with a degree by Rome-based renowned university named Guglielmo Marconi on finishing the programme. The training will be provided online, and the partnership will be driven through academic institutions across the nation with an aim to bridge the skill gap, build in-demand skills, augmenting employability of students.
Below are the details of the two programmes:
Post Graduate Applied MasterCLaaS® in Software Engineering is targeted to Engineering Degree/Diploma holders, IT Students / IT working professionals. It is. It includes Software Development, Implementation, AI Development and New Age Management Skills. The Degree is awarded by Guglielmo Marconi University, Rome, Italy. Minimum qualification required is Basic Technical Graduation Degree with Proficiency in English language.
Post Graduate MasterCLaaS® in Cloud Computing is suitable for any graduate student (final year students are eligible) or working professionals with basic English proficiency and Maths as one paper at 10+2 level. It includes python programming, database management and cloud management, administration, and security. The degree is awarded by Guglielmo Marconi University, Rome, Italy. Minimum qualification required is graduation with proficiency in English language and maths at school level.

About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
NSDC was set up by Ministry of Finance under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large and quality for-profit vocational institutions. NSDC plays a very vital role in vocational training ecosystem and has immense experience in dealing with training partners who offer TVET courses. NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organizations that provide skill training. It also develops appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives. The differentiated focus on 37 sectors under NSDC’s purview and its understanding of their viability will make every sector attractive to private investment. Further, the organisation provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support system which focuses on quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
About Podar Eduspace
Podar Enterprise which has relentlessly pursued its vision to make a difference by contributing to India’s interest at home and abroad. Established in 1909, the group today represents a 100-year legacy of trust, quality and reliability – in India and internationally. Over the years, Podar Enterprise has expanded into multiple sectors with a strong presence in 15 locations across the world: offering unique opportunities for trade, investment and joint ventures. The expertise lies in Government Relationships, Advisory & Consulting, Education, International Business, Investment & Strategic Partnerships, Affordable Housing & Sanitation, and Sports. Trust run by Podars had the honour of having Mahatma Gandhi as its first Chairman Trustee. The trust has more than 35 Chartable Institutes that have taught more than 200,000 students and skilled 20,000+ people. Podar Eduspace is an Initiative of Podar Enterprise focusing on New Age Education programs.
About EduCLaaS
EduCLaaS has a proven track record in partnering with SSG/WSG (Singapore Government Agencies – Skills Future Singapore and Workforce Singapore) since 2009 where EduCLaaS has received SGD100m cumulative secured funding for SSG courses and trained 3,000 learners. Its Lithan Academy is an accredited digital skills accelerator from Singapore with a network of over 100 campuses across Asia. It has served over 30,000 learners and 2000 enterprises with an above 90% completion rate. It aims to bridge the digital talents crunch with their Pan-Asia EduCLaaS Learning & Talents Cloud, which connects higher education students, employers, and higher education institutions for digital up-skilling, and digital career progression.

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