Microsoft Announces Digital Governance Tech Tour To Help Accelerate Digital India

  • The initiative comprises a series of physical and virtual workshops
  • It aims to train 5,000 personnel over a period of 12 months

In line with the government’s Digital India vision, Microsoft India today launched the Digital Governance Tech Tour, a National program to deliver critical AI and intelligent cloud computing skills to the Government officials in charge of IT across the country. 

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The initiative comprises a series of physical and virtual workshops and aims to train 5,000 personnel over a period of 12 months. This announcement reaffirms Microsoft’s commitment to empower government organizations to leverage AI and secure cloud technology for efficient, transparent and productive governance.

The program was inaugurated at the Digital Governance Tech Summit 2019 in New Delhi by Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary MeITY, in the presence of Dr. Neeta Verma, Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC); Sureshkumar Nair, Additional CEO, Government eMarketplace (GEM); Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India and other dignitaries.  The summit in New Delhi was supported by NIC, GeM and STPI.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, said that for our country, the power of AI, cloud services, and data analytics needs to be brought to bear in core sectors for inclusive economic growth. Kant further stated that as we move beyond pilots and understand how to scale AI implementation and cloud adoption across states and sectors, it is vital to equip the ecosystem with the right know-how and skills. He was of the opinion that collaboration with academia and the industry and initiatives such as this will help build the foundation towards an AI-enabled future.

According to Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, AI, and the cloud can enable path-breaking innovation and drive the next phase of India’s growth. He opined that continuous focus on learning and improving skillsets for all are a must to make this a reality. 

About the Digital Governance Tech Tour

The Digital Governance Tech Tour will be open to technocrats and IT professionals across the entire government ecosystem, including employees of Public Sector Undertakings; government partners as well as solutions/systems integrators.

It is designed keeping in mind all skill levels required at every stage of Government’s cloud adoption journey – from integrating on-premise core infrastructure with cloud platforms to operationalizing cloud analytics solutions. Participants will come away with a range of skills including being able to move, transform and analyze data, design and deployment skills for end-to-end solutions, and monitoring and troubleshooting in the cloud.

It will offer a comprehensive free of cost 10-module program under two different tracks. The first track, meant for Technical Directors, Technical Architects and Project Managers will cover

  • Modern Project management for governance
  • An overview of DevOps: a foundation for digital transformation
  • Data, Analytics and Insights
  • Ethical governance through AI
  • Increased productivity with modern collaboration tools
  • Top security considerations for moving to cloud

The second track, for Developers, IT Architect and Application Architects, will comprise a deep dive into the fundamentals of Azure cloud. Additionally, developers will also have the opportunity to take an exam and earn the AZ-900 Certification on the spot at no cost.