By Sanjay Pahwa, Chandigarh : The quest for top performers in India’s first ever official championship on Microsoft Office application skills is over. Organized by CyberLearning, the championship was aimed to pick the outstanding performers in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The 3 finalists in their respective categories are now destined for an all expenses paid trip to San Diego, USA where they will participate in the Certiport Worldwide competition on Microsoft Office Skills, coming August. This will be their opportunity to do India proud by bringing home the ‘World Cup in MS Office’.This championship aspires to encourage Indian youngsters to equip themselves with the requisite computer skills that will help them succeed in their lives. The opportunity for Indian youngsters in the IT field are mammoth, provided the youngsters have the requisite set of skills, and competitions like these will help reinforce the importance of relevant and vocational IT education.
Dr. S.S. Mantha- Chairman, AICTE, said, “Skill development is an extremely important activity for a growing economy like ours. On one hand, it enhances the employment opportunities and on the other, skill acquired by a student who does not go through formal education would provide a means of self employment and also a chance for employment in the formal sector.”
Mr. B.S. Raghu from Microsoft Learning stated that Microsoft Learning has been associated with the Rotary’s digital literacy project for over 3 years and was very pleased to see the good work being done by partner CyberLearning in association with Rotary. Amitabh Shah, Executive President- Times Foundation on the other hand stressed upon the importance of skill upgradation on a continuous basis. He further stated that Times Foundation was committed to support Rotary’s efforts in bridging the digital divide.
D.S.Rawat, Secretary General (ASSOCHAM) pledged that ASSOCHAM would support the graduates of this program in finding employment opportunities with member companies through portal of ASSOCHAM. In essence the COMPUDON championship is designed to be a catalyst encouraging more students to gain and get their skills validated globally and compete with the best in the world. In turn, they will be ready with the skills of the 21st century global economy.