Project Cyber Shikshaa will train 1000 women from underserved communities across ten locations in the country. The first phase of the program will be launched only in the following cities: Patna, Hyderabad, Noida and Mohali followed by other cities in the next phase.
The program was launched in new Delhi in the presence of Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary of MeitY, Rama Vedashree, CEO of Data Security Council of India, and Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India. The program is designed for female graduates in the age group of 20 to 27.
Cyber Shikshaa will help in bridging the skills gap that exists in the domain of cybersecurity in the country. The contribution from industry, government and academia will help in developing the cybersecurity skills that are essential for the growth of Digital India. This training initiative will help India to transform into a go-to destination for cybersecurity R&D.
The program will develop a comprehensive ecosystem and help women to harness new opportunities in the cybersecurity space. The initiative is being funded by Microsoft, as a part of Microsoft India’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.
The curriculum of the program comprises of fourth month long training which will focus on theoretical knowledge, case studies and delivering hands-on project experience to the learners. The program will also include mentoring sessions, workshops, soft-skills training and technical sessions from Microsoft experts.
Participation certificates will be given to all the candidates at the end of the program and placement assistance will also be provided to deserving candidates.
DSCI has played a major role in facilitating this program and has even designed the course curriculum. The government agency wants to work towards nurturing tech talent in emerging technologies.