Microsoft collaborates with NASSCOM with an intention to upskill 10 lakh students in India in Artificial Intelligence by 2021. The classroom sessions are planned in a manner to coach students in basic AI, machine learning, and data science on Microsoft’s cloud platform and Azure.

The tech giant claims AI curriculum to be job-oriented. It will help students to not only upskill but will also improve their chance of employability in the coming future.

“Technologies like AI are becoming enablers for every business today, making the need for creating an AI ready ecosystem vital for India’s economic and social value creation,” said Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India.

Moreover, the online sessions for the series have started from September 21, 2020, via virtual instructor-led training, live demos, and hands-on workshop. Experts from Microsoft and NASSCOM will conduct the teaching sessions.

There are multiple time slots available for students to choose for their simplified and convenient learning. The curriculum comprises an assignment at the end of the training. It will also certify students at the end of the series. However, the placement support is not promised with this certification.

Students can apply for the course by visiting the website – To be a part of the training, they can log in from a desktop or mobile device. Also, the registered students can always access the course content from Microsoft and GitHub.

“This is phase one of our efforts and it will be a recurring event for the next 8-10 months to ensure we reach the critical mass of students in the country,” Microsoft said.

Both entities, Microsoft and NASSCOM, are planning to collaborate with other academic institutions. They seem to emphasize on including cloud and AI topics into their curriculum.