The National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) organized the 1st International Conference on Communication, Electronics and Digital Technologies – NICE-DT 2023 and Digital Skilling at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, 15 Windsor Place, Janpath, New Delhi. The NIELIT’s International Conference is one of the lead event of G20.
The 1st International Conference on Digital Skilling under NICE-DT’23 was inaugurated by Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, IAS, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India. In his address, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma said, “Digital Skilling, Up-skilling and Re skilling are critical to maintain and expand persons’ capabilities and employability to participate in rapidly changing economy. Advancing Digital Economy needs both future ready workforce and digital ready masses (citizens).” He congratulated NIELIT for registering tremendous growth in the capacity building and skilling. He added that NIELIT through its high end training & skilling programs is stepping towards the achievement of generating quality manpower in line with the themes of the Trillion-dollar digital economy. In his address, he stressed upon the greater digital connectivity so as to connect with the last habitat of this country. He congratulated NIELIT for training around 8 million candidates in the last ten years.
While unveiling the 1st International Journal of Digital Technologies and Abstract Book, the dignitaries congratulated NIELIT for publishing the International Journal of Digital Technologies which is one of its kind.
Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, IAS (retd.), Chairman, NCVET, in his address stressed upon adoption of best practices and creation of replicable model in digital skilling and technologies. He appreciated the journey of NIELIT in skilling and capacity building ranging from certificate, diploma, UG, PG and Doctorate level.
Shri Bhuvnesh Kumar, IAS, Additional Secretary, MeitY, Government of India appreciated the efforts of NIELIT and said that “the 1st International Conference on Digital Skilling under NICE-DT23, organized by NIELIT is expected to provide a platform and firmly built the foundation for collaboration and knowledge-sharing with stakeholders. He extended an appeal to the aspiring students to take up the FutureSkillsPrime courses. He also mentioned that this conference of NIELIT is the lead of event of G20 and is also one of the part of the G20 event being organized by the MeitY in coming days.
Dr. M. Squicciarini, Director AI, SHS UNESCO, said that “understanding what we need to live, work, and thrive in the digital era to inform education, industry, labor and skills, and inclusion policies’ is pivotal in achieving digital skilling for all. She added that understanding of skills demand and the skills needed to thrive in the digital era help assess and built the gaps.
During the day-one of the 1st international conference on Digital Technologies, Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation graced the occasion as Chief Guest. In his address, he asserted that striking an apt balance with the technologies is essential to leverage its positive behavior on our lives and Society. He added that skilling combined together with knowledge and technology will provide an inclusive platform for quality learning.
The inaugural session of day-one was followed by the Technical Sessions and presentation of research papers by authors, and day-two comprised of Panel Discussions on topics, Framework for Mutual Recognition of Skills; Digital Skills for All and Advanced and Emerging Skills.
Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi, Director General, NIELIT said that “the conference on Digital Technologies & Digital Skilling that had spread across two days has a special emphasis on knowledge sharing by researchers across the globe and generation of skilled manpower thereby filling up of the gap in the skilled manpower vis-à-vis industry demand in a scenario wherein India holds presidency of G20. He also appreciated and expressed thanks to the Springer who accepted the selected papers of NICE-DT’23 for its book series “Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems”. He added that this international conference is 1st version of the conference in the history of NIELIT and will depict the Academic face of the NIELIT, besides its core competency in the area of Capacity Building & Skilling.
He further added that, the International Conference will act as an enabler for cultivation of the collaboration among stakeholders in the field of digital skilling and digital technologies at both national and international level. The insights presented by the eminent panelists from India and abroad, during the panel discussions will facilitate conceptualization of the blueprint for creating “Global Future Ready Workforce” thereby contributing towards the achievement of building India as the skilling capital of the World.
During the Conference 60 papers were presented by 185 authors on topics like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Analytics, Cyber Security & Forensic, Network and Mobile Security, Advanced Computing- Cloud Computing & Quantum Computing VLSI & Semiconductors, Electronics System, IOT, EdgeAI, Assistive Technology for Divyangjan (People with disabilities), Blockchain and Software Technology, Digital Technologies for Future/ Biotechnology, Strategy for Digital Skilling for building a global Future Ready workforce.
In the inaugural session of the two-day long event, the participants were also addressed by Dr. M.P. Pillai, Executive Director, NIELIT Calicut, Prof. S.N. Singh, Director, ABV-IIITM, Gwalior, Prof. Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Dr. Yehya Al-Marzooqi, Executive Director, Advisory Unit, Tawazun Council, UAE, Dr. Dennis Hu, President, FCCI, Taiwan, Dr. Yumnam Jayanta Singh, Executive Director, NIELIT Guwahati who presented their insights and asserted upon the amalgamation of Skill+Knowledge+Technology to reap the benefits.