Ahmedabad, March 14: Silicon Valley-based 'Code for India' (CFI), a network of Indian-origin technology professionals launched a free education portal 'Skill Up India' here today.
The portal was launched by CFI's Gujarat chapter, in partnership with iCreate, IIT, Gandhinagar, IIM Ahmedabad, CIIE and US-India Business Council (USIBC).
"Gujarat chapter of CFI today launched its education portal for anybody wishing to learn and teach via internet, in partnership with IIM-Ahmedabad, IIT-Gandhinagar, USIBC and Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurs (CIIE)," Karl Mehta, founder of 'Code for India' and CEO of Silicon Valley educational technology company EdCast, said.
CFI was floated by US-based technologists, designers, and engineers to volunteer their time and talent to give back to the community. Mehta said that the portal will be like a virtual classroom, where facilities like putting publications along with the courses on various subjects will take place and the people can access it through internet for free.
"Skill Up India is part of the new movement in the country 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 global economy," Mehta added.
"Learning is not a one-way process...We will democratise teaching capability of a person. If your are good at teaching a particular subject, one can easily become teacher to the rest of country," he said.
On the process of subscribing to the portal, Mehta said there is no criteria for subscription as it is "casual and open way of learning, where anybody can subscribe to.
" However, screening would be done before the content or course is posted on the website. Mehta said they would think about providing content in regional languages of India and some of the content has already been available in Hindi."
When asked about the contribution of IIM, Ahmedabad and IIT, Gandhinagr, he said, "Both the premiere institutes believe in open way of learning and that is why they support us."
The free education portal has been supported by iCreate, an autonomous body guided by an advisory board led by technologist N R Narayana Murthy. iCreate's founding Director Parag Amin said that their attempt is to create a portal where people can learn from best practices of individuals, institutes and corporates.