Indian IT major Tech Mahindra said that it has partnered with edX.org, an open-source learning platform for reskilling its existing 117 thousand employees in India and across the globe. The tech firm said that edX.org will enable its employees to attend online courses in areas like IoT, Cyber security, VR, Machine Learning, Big data, Analytics.
As part of the partnership Tech Mahindra will offer opportunities for pre-identified learners enrolled in an edX MicroMasters program. Anyone who completes these programs and meets the minimum criteria of education and work experience, Tech Mahindra will assure a job interview with the company. The MicroMasters programs are series of courses, with a path to credit from prestigious universities.
Tech Mahindra said that it has worked out special schemes for its employees where they can self- fund the certifications at discounted rates to be reimbursed on successful completion of the course. edX platform leverages the years of classroom learning experience of best universities in the world with neuroscience to deliver an active learning experience and holds the learner’s interest while learning online.
“Training and Reskilling are more imperative and relevant to reinvent and tap into new market opportunities arising out of technological change and new customer requirements. Today’s disruptive business landscape demands for our talents to be future ready and it is our prime responsibility that the right tools and innovative pathways are facilitated for them. However, in the new world the employee has to bear the onus as learning accountability is now increasingly shifting to the employee.” He further added, “We are excited to work together with edX because careers will be facilitated with a blended learning environment as well as this gives us the opportunity to bring in new ideas to the table and enhance our customer’s experiences,” said CP Gurnani, CEO and MD at Tech Mahindra.
This is edX’s first ever collaboration of this kind with a global technology brand headquartered in India, and comes on the heels of recent partnership with GE, wherein the company has also guaranteed interviews to learners who complete specific MicroMasters programs. Since first announced in September 2016, edX and 25 international partners have launched 46 MicroMasters programs. Since edX began in 2012, India has consistently remained the platform’s second largest learner base, underscoring the strong need for high-quality education in India and the enthusiasm of Indian learners. Over the last couple of years, edX has witnessed great momentum with 96% growth in its Indian learner base. With more than 1,500,000 Indian learners, India makes up 11% of the edX learner base overall, said edX.