IIT Madras to offer employability-focused programs on ‘SWAYAM Plus’

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Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is partnering with multiple industries to offer employability-focused programs on ‘SWAYAM Plus’, a landmark initiative of the Union Ministry of Education.

As many as 24 MoUs with leading industry partners across multiple sectors were signed to offer skill and employability-focused online programs and internships, accessible to learners across the nation. This takes SWAYAM Plus’ total Industry partners to 36.

SWAYAM Plus, a landmark initiative by the Ministry of Education and IIT Madras, was launched by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Education Minister, Government of India, on 27thFebruary 2024.

Since its launch, more than 75,000 learners have benefited from more than 165 courses, of which 33 were aligned to the National Credit Framework across multiple sectors such as IT, Healthcare, BFSI, and Indian Knowledge Systems, among others.

The MoUs were signed on campus recently in the presence of Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. R. Sarathi, Dean (Planning), IIT Madras, and Professor In-Charge, SWAYAM Plus,IIT Madras and the leadership teams of the industry partners.

The MoUs cover a diverse range of fields, including Information Technology, Social Sciences, Banking and Finance, Soft Skills, Music, Management, Food Science, and Indian Knowledge Systems and internships ensuring comprehensive coverage of skill development across areas crucial for future employability.

Welcoming the industry participation in this skilling initiative, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said,“These partnerships mark a significant step towards our mission of democratizing access to education and empowering learners in India in the years to come. SWAYAM Plus will have a key role to play in increasing the adoption of industry content among Universities. SWAYAM Plus will also be integrated with Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) for a smooth credit transfer and accumulation experience for all learners.”

SWAYAM Plus will have programmes in sectors such as Manufacturing, Energy, Computer Science and Engineering/IT/ITES, Management Studies, Teacher Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Tourism, Social Science, Indian Knowledge Systems, Media and Communications, among other fields. The industry partnerships of SWAYAM Plus signify a commitment to enhancing educational outcomes and preparing learners for the evolving job market.

Emphasizing IIT Madras’ dedication to providing high-quality educational opportunities that meet the present and future demands of the industries, Prof. R. Sarathi, Dean (Planning), IIT Madras,“We are thrilled to forge these strategic alliances with these esteemed industry leaders, and this is just the beginning. SWAYAM Plus aims to reach learners across the nation with diverse and high-quality multilingual content, internships and potentially even job opportunities in the future, made available to all at an affordable cost.”

SWAYAM Plus remains committed to expanding its reach and impact through innovative educational solutions to add 500 courses, 50,000 internships, 100 partners and a million learners in its first year.

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