Edtech company byteXL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to offer new technology training in tier ii and iii cities of the country.

While byteXL will lead the training program, Microsoft will support the effort with the necessary infrastructure, including the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab.

“Students can also earn Microsoft certifications after they have acquired the required study and industry skills. Students in this program will gain access to Microsoft Azure and Artificial Intelligence certifications, as well as industry-approved training modules,” said Karun Tadepalli, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of byteXL.

So far, the company has improved the employment opportunities of one lakh engineering students in 90 institutes across seven states.

“Students in small towns face challenges ranging from lack of access to quality learning materials to facing global trends. They also lack access to industry and face financial challenges to access quality education,” he said.

“As a result, many talented students are forced to compromise on higher education or move to larger cities for better educational opportunities,” he said.

Indrani Choudhury, Chief Learning Officer, Microsoft India, said that digital technologies will be key in solving the skills challenges the country is facing.

“Democratizing access to skills, with a focus on employability, especially in tier ii and iii cities, can expand opportunities for a talent-rich digital economy,” she said.

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