Vijayawada, November 14, 2018 – With a view to skill 20 million people in 15 years, and in the process help shape Andhra Pradesh as a world-class skilled-workforce and knowledge hub, the Government of Andhra Pradesh today announced the official launch of its Cloud For All – Knowledge and Skills Mission. An MoU to build cloud skills and literacy for more than 30,000 student across 300 plus engineering and non-engineering colleges in the state was exchanged between Mr. Sambasiva Rao, CEO – Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) and Sunil PP, India Education Lead, Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.
APSSDC will build cloud computing technology skills across the Andhra Pradesh leveraging the AWS Educate program, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. With the increasing demand for cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. The State of Andhra Pradesh has more than 140 engineering colleges and more than 500 degree colleges in commerce, science and art.
“It is the aim of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to enhance employability skills of the students and make them industry-ready by the time they come out of the college. The Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) has collaborated with AWS Educate Program in its mission to provide a skilled workforce across high-priority and emerging sectors. The learning program has reached students in every district of the state to build critical skills in Cloud Computing. The engagement will improve the employability of the students, and help the state to grow further in increasing its talent base. As a part of our continuous endeavour to support the learners, today we have launched Cloud For All program to drive Cloud Literacy across the engineering, non-engineering colleges and even in the high schools to benefit thousands of students,” said the Honorable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu.
“It has been a privilege to work with APSSDC since 2017. What started as a pilot has now grown exponentially in scale and depth of engagement. We commend APSSDC for their clear vision in skills enablement and cloud literacy across Andhra Pradesh, which is important as a growth engine for the State,” said Mr. Vincent Quah, Regional Head – Education, Healthcare, Non Profits and Research for Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services. “The AWS Educate global program offers the flexibility to meet unique learning needs for students, faculty, and State Government skills organizations. We are excited to see the next wave of adoption in the State of Andhra Pradesh, and be a part of this incredible journey.”
“Our collaboration with APSSDC addresses the industry gap in cloud skills and has been an engaging experience. Skilling students presents an opportunity to drive greater creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship within the State. The Cloud For All program is helping students realize their potential in grasping next generation technologies. We thank APSSDC for driving the program across the state of Andhra Pradesh, to help the students shape their cloud careers for the future,” said Rahul Sharma, President – Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.
As part of a pilot program in 2017, APSSDC rolled out the AWS Educate program to engineering colleges in the State, and enrolled more than 10,000 students into various Cloud Career Pathways. The Cloud Career Pathway framework enables students to put their cloud knowledge to use across 12 self-paced pathways aligned to labor market trends and workforce needs. These include popular pathways such as Cloud Computing 101, Cloud Support Engineer, Data Integration Specialist, and Machine Learning Scientist among others. Each pathway includes instructional content, assessments, and a final project. Upon completion, learners are eligible to receive an AWS Educate Certificate of Completion or an AWS Educate Badge.
In May 2018, more than 200 faculty members from more than 80 engineering colleges were also trained as part of the faculty development initiative. By September 2018, more than 13,000 students were enrolled in the AWS Educate program from nearly 130 non-engineering colleges.
As a committed effort to boost uptake for the Cloud For All program, APSSDC has also hired 100 mentors as trainers to drive the AWS Educate Program, and work with thousands of students in 13 districts in the state. APSSDC will also skill 25,000 students on gaming development technologies with at least 2,000 of them being trained on using Amazon Sumerian. Amazon Sumerian lets developers create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise.
APSSDC is an organization formed as a public–private partnership (PPP) corporation to promote skill-development & entrepreneurship in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Corporation now serves as the ‘Executive Agency’ for the newly formed Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. APSSDC will also serve the important task of providing high-quality skilled manpower as part of the ‘Knowledge and Skills Mission’ of Govt. of AP, which is one of the cross-cutting missions among the seven missions formed by the government to facilitate double-digit growth of the state.
APSSDC is assisting with various programs for faculty and student development using master trainers, industry experts as well as fresh graduates as mentors across the state to build critical skill base.