"Skill Up India" Free Online Education Portal Launched by Code for India Organization

Skill Up India (http://SkillUpIndia.org) aims to teach skill to youth throughout India via open courseware from top universities and Indian corporates easily accessible and free of cost.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, March 13, 2015 --(PR.com)-- SkillUpIndia.org Partnership with iCREATE, IIM-A, IIT-Gandhinagar and US-India Business Council Education Foundation (USIBCEF) Creates India’s Largest Open Source Portal with Free, High Quality Education to Public.

Code For India’s Gujarat Chapter today announced Skill Up India as its first project in partnership with iCREATE and USIBC Education Foundation. The open-source and open-content portal will offer India’s youth free online courses in subjects ranging from technology to business management and select job-related skills.

The portal, named Skill Up India (http://SkillUpIndia.org), follows Prime Minister Modi's ambitious Digital India and Make in India goals and aims to skill youth throughout India via open courseware from top universities worldwide as well as open courseware from Indian corporates which will be easily accessible free of cost. Partnerships with leading organizations will play a role to broaden its reach.

“Skilling up India’s youth – a huge percentage of our population is under 35 – will take a combination of partnerships with leading organizations and the use of the newest education technologies,” said Mr. Karl Mehta, founder of Code For India and CEO of Silicon Valley educational technology company EdCast. “Skill Up India is part of the new movement in India to help our youth with free access to high quality education through online and mobile courses essential to re-focus our workforce to meet the demands of a global economy.”

“Access to open, free education fosters the entrepreneurial pursuits of youth to focus on innovative applications for wealth generation, employment creation and global competition,” said Narayana Murthy, Chairman of iCREATE’s Advisory board. iCREATE is an independently-run center that facilitates "Next Generation Entrepreneurship" and is based in Ahmedabad.

“USIBC Education Foundation will support advancing the Skill Up India initiative under its education and skill building efforts. Scaling up skill development is critical to India’s growth and to unleashing its entrepreneurial potential of becoming a digital and manufacturing power,” said Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President USIBC. "With USIBC’s initiative of partnering with the National Skills Development Corporation to support skill development in India, Skill Up India will be an important driver in offering free online education and skilling opportunities to India's emerging workforce and youth.”

“The Gujarat Chapter of Code For India is proud to be at the forefront of a new era in education for India’s workforce through open education providing the necessary technology skills to guarantee a future for India’s youth,” said Atul Garg, President of CFI-Gujarat Chapter.

“IIT Gandhinagar has several initiatives such as our Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) to democratize education and research in India and support programs like Skill Up India that take this agenda further,” said Sudhir K. Jain, President- IIIT –GN.

About Code For India
Code For India, a rapidly growing non-profit organization founded in Silicon Valley is dedicated to inspiring millions of technologists, designers, developers, and engineers to volunteer their time and talent to give back to their communities and to the developing world. CFI partners closely with non-profits, NGOs, and the government on a wide range of projects such as civic infrastructure, elections, city governance, education, women's safety etc. to help build technology-based solutions to enable faster execution on the ground, increase efficiency, reduce turnaround times, and reach greater masses. CFI has collaborated with over 25 NGOs, partnering on close to 40 projects, with a 1400-strong volunteer base. Learn more at www.CodeForIndia.org

About U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC)
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) is the premier business advocacy organization representing more than 300 of the largest global companies investing in India. At the behest of the Governments of India and the United States, USIBC was formed in 1975 to enlighten and encourage the private sectors of both countries to enhance investment flows. The Council’s primary mission is to serve as a direct link between business and government leaders, resulting in increased trade and investment to strengthen ties between the two nations. Ajay Banga, President & CEO of MasterCard, serves as the current Chairman of USIBC. The Chairman is supported by USIBC’s prestigious Board of Directors, representing decades of experience investing in India and Indian companies. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices in New York, California and New Delhi.

About USIBC Education Foundation (USIBCEF)
Launched in 2014, USIBCEF will play a strategic role in deepening the US-India Knowledge Partnership. It serves as a nexus between corporate entities, universities, research institutions, centers of learning and excellence to be partners in Skill Building and Higher Education’s innovations and collaborations. It offers an exclusive platform to also promote and amplify initiatives with policy makers, business and forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in India and the U.S. Learn more at www.usibc.com

India Media Contact:
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Code For India
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India Media Contact:
Subhojit Sen M
+ 91 99243 05777