Samsung has launched its flagship global CSR program Samsung Innovation Campus in India, creating industry relevant skills and job opportunities for youth in future technology domains such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and Coding & Programming. With this, Samsung is partnering in new India’s growth story and strengthening its commitment to the Government’s Skill India initiative.
The program aims to upskill over 3,000 unemployed youth from 18-25 years of age in future technologies and enhance their employability in pilot phase. These are key technology skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Samsung Innovation Campus will also take Samsung a step ahead in its vision of ‘Powering Digital India’ as the country’s strongest partner.
To execute the program, Samsung, India’s largest smartphone and consumer electronics brand, has partnered with India’s premier skill development organization, Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI), which is a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) approved entity. ESSCI will execute the program through its nationwide network of approved training and education partners.
Considering the potential of employment generation post skills training, Samsung has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ESSCI for the ‘Samsung Innovation Campus’ program.
The MoU was exchanged by Mr. Ken Kang, President and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia and Dr. Abhilasha Gaur, COO (Officiating CEO) ESSCI in the presence of Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology. Other dignitaries present at the ceremony included Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari COO (Officiating CEO), NSDC, Mr. Peter Rhee, Deputy Managing Director, Samsung India, Mr. Partha Ghosh, Head, CSR, Samsung India,Mr. Ajai Chowdhry Founding Chairman ESSCI and Mr. Amrit Manwani, Chairman, ESSCI.
Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Electronics and Information Technology said,
There is no deficit of Talent in the country but an increased demand for Talented & Skilled Indians across the Globe. Skilling should not be just about equipping the youth with employable skills but should act as gateways to employability and employment— as their Passports to Prosperity. The more employment-oriented skilling is, the more aspirational it will be for the students and young Indians. It is the vision of Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji that Digital Opportunities should be equitably be available to each and every Indian, Mr. Chandrasekhar said that efforts should be taken up not just with premier educational institutions but also with Universities and Institutes in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.
Welcoming Samsung’s initiative with ESSCI to empower young Indians with skills, he said that it “was a true hallmark of being a good partner to India and the Indians”, and urged them to headquarter their programmes in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to ensure skilling opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of students from these places.
Mr. Ken Kang, President and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia said, “Samsung has been India’s partner over the last 26 years and is committed to Powering Digital India, empowering the next generation of young India. We are aligned to the Government’s vision of Skill India and through Samsung Innovation Campus, want to create skilling as well as job opportunities for youth in future tech domains, giving a boost to new India’s growth story.”
During the course of the program, participants will receive instructor-led blended classroom and online training through approved training and education partners of ESSCI across the country.Youth enrolled for the program will undergo classroom and online training and complete their hands-on capstone project work in their selected technology areas from among Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and Coding & Programming.
Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE said, “We are seeing an increased demand for new skills needed in future tech jobs, we encourage such initiatives and partnerships, which will help people of all backgrounds acquire the skills they need to thrive in a fast-changing global economy.
Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO, NSDC offered his best wishes for the new partnership as it will open avenues for youth to get jobs in future technologies.
They will also be imparted soft skills training to enhance their employability and provided job placements in relevant organisations.The participants will be mobilized through ESSCI’s training and education partners across India.
Those opting for the AI course will undergo 270 hours of theory training and complete 80 hours of project work while those doing the IoT or the Big Data course will undergo 160 hours of training and complete 80 hours of project work. Participants opting for the Coding & Programming course will do 80 hours of training and be part of a 4-day Hackathon.
“ESSCI’s focus is on establishing an effective and efficient skill ecosystem for developing and imparting outcome oriented skills. The Future Tech program under Samsung Innovation Campus will support in strengthening the skills ecosystem and will be an important step forward to make India a Skills capital of the world,” said Dr. Abhilasha Gaur, Chief Operating Officer (Officiating CEO), ESSCI. With Samsung Innovation Campus, Samsung is expanding its CSR programs that focus on education and skilling of youth in India. Samsung runs two other CSR programs in India – Samsung Smart School andSolve for Tomorrow – through which it is empowering the leaders of tomorrow and equipping them with the tools they will need to realize meaningful change.