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Posted on July 22, 2021
Bombay: The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) – India’s premier telecommunications skills development institution, and the Broadband India Forum (BIF) – the leading policy think tank for digital communications in the country, signed a memorandum of understanding Agreement (MoU) to meet and develop the training requirements of the workforce of BIF members, in accordance with the latest technology and skill standards.
The memorandum of understanding, which was signed for a period of 3 years, aims to facilitate the development of efficient and sufficiently qualified workforce resources among the member organizations of the BIF, in particular for new generation technologies, including 5G, WI-FI (PM WANI), IoT, Small Cells, Digital In-Building solutions and other emerging technologies.
“For projects like The National Broadband Mission, Smart Cities, and other expensive technologies like 5G and IoT, we need a skilled workforce with expertise in the field. Most of the semi-urban and rural reach of FTTH is achieved through LCOs (Local Cable Operators) and training their workforce is imperative to achieve the best results. Our goal is to enable the telecommunications industry to grow rapidly to meet future demand. India has emerged as the next major destination for capital investment in ICT manufacturing and servicingCommented Mr. Arvind Bali, CEO of TSSC.
Efforts under this MoU will include a joint mapping of skills requirements versus industry demand for retraining and upgrading to be conducted by BIF and TSSC. The TSSC will support the broad base of BIF members in developing their required training ecosystem, aligning training deliverables with industry requirements and raising awareness of the skills program.
Mr. TV Ramachandran, President of the Broadband India Forum, shared on this development, “India has been endowed with a rich pool of talent, highly skilled and innovative resources, especially in the area of digital technologies. It is imperative to ensure that their skills development requirements are met adequately and appropriately, in order to help them become world-class professionals. This, in turn, will lead to improved and efficient productivity, contributing to the appropriate growth and evolution of the broadband ecosystem in India. BIF is pleased to partner with TSSC, which has long been the benchmark for skills development in the telecommunications sector in this company, which we believe will help strengthen our goal of facilitating ubiquitous, high-speed broadband. quality and affordable for everyone.“
The TSSC and BIF will issue common certificates for all courses aligned with the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) for a fee. The TSSC will help develop programs with high visibility and industry traction for BIF members and will provide advice on various government skills development programs to participate and reap the benefits.
The BIF will support the TSSC in the form of suggested course content for the training of its member organizations. In addition, the BIF will help to create / improve laboratories, classrooms and teaching infrastructure for them with guidance from TSSC.