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31 Higher Education Institutions in Kerala to Impart Cloud Computing Training to Students

Thiruvananthapuram, NFAPost: Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala, a government of Kerala owned company, announced its participation in AWS Academy, a programme by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides higher education institutions with a ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognised certifications and in-demand cloud computing skills.

ASAP which works under the Kerala Higher Education Department focuses on imparting job-readiness skills to students, supplementing their conventional mainstream school and college education to enhance their employability options.

AWS Academy courses help students develop cloud computing skills by providing hands-on experience on AWS Cloud, and lessons based on real industry scenarios. The courses and learning resources are aligned to industry-recognized AWS Certification, developed and maintained by AWS, and taught by AWS Academy-accredited educators.

As part of this new initiative, students from 31 higher education institutions who are members of ASAP will develop skills in the fast-growing cloud computing space. The curriculum includes subjects such as cloud computing, machine learning, and data analytics. College faculty who have achieved AWS Academy accreditations will impart the training to the students. This is the first such initiative focused on cloud computing from ASAP.

Commenting on the new initiative, Kerala Higher Education Minister R. Bindu said the government of Kerala, as part of its endeavor to address the challenges in the 21st century, has taken up the project of bringing out comprehensive changes in the area of higher education with a paradigm shift focusing on employability and imparting additional skills to youngsters of the State.

“Kerala’s initiatives in this direction are to provide opportunities to familiarize students with advanced technologies, equip them to learn and grasp additional skills associated with these technologies, and prepare the youth to meet the demands raised by this age of machine learning where artificial intelligence is transforming industries,” said Higher Education Minister R Bindu.

The Minister also said she believes that the cloud-computing program envisaged jointly by ASAP Kerala and AWS Academy will be successful in building a new set of cloud-computing experts, capable of taking up the responsibilities associated with the demands and contemporary needs of the industry.

Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. Lead for Education, Space and Non Profits, India and South Asia Sunil PP said the demand for cloud knowledge and skills exceeds the supply across many industries today.

“AWS Academy brings together higher education institutions, students, and industry leaders to address the cloud skills gap and meet the need for thousands of new cloud computing professionals. By offering AWS-authored courses and learning resources to educators, we are investing in higher education at large, supporting educators and administrators as they prepare their students to join the 21st century workforce,” said Sunil PP.

Speaking on the new initiative, ASAP Kerala Chairperson and Managing Director Usha Titus said ASAP Kerala is involved in strengthening an industry-led and demand-based skill training ecosystem in the state, creating synergic partnerships with stakeholders in skill development at the national level.

“ASAP’s collaboration with AWS Academy will offer an authorised curriculum in cloud computing that will enable students to stay up-to-date with the rapidly evolving industry requirements. ASAP has always focused on providing the skill programmes required by industry to the youth of Kerala, to enhance their employability. The hands-on experience will help the students understand the technology’s theoretical and practical applications,” said Usha Titus.

About ASAP Kerala

Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala, is a Government Company registered under the Companies Act 2013, that focuses on imparting job-readiness skills to students, in addition to their conventional mainstream school and college education, to enhance their employability levels.

ASAP Kerala has created a unique demand-based, industry-led skill training ecosystem in the State through its 121 Skill Development Centres connecting Higher Secondary Schools and Arts & Science Colleges, 135 Advanced Skill Development Centres (ASDCs) in Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics and 16 Community Skill Parks (CSPs).

ASAP Kerala has 12 NSQF Skill Qualifications registered in the National Qualifications Register (NQR). Preparing youth for a rapidly evolving future through state-of-the-art training programmes in highly demanding areas is the objective of ASAP Kerala. ASAP Kerala has made a positive impact on raising the employability of the State’s manpower.


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