PwC India today announced the launch of a new Cloud Technology Development Programme, an 18-month long (three semesters) credit course on Salesforce training aimed at third-year computer engineering graduates and post-graduates (B.Tech and M.Tech students). The goal of the programme is to make the next generation of students future ready by equipping them with the skills relevant in a digital-first economy.In its first phase, the Cloud Technology Development Programme will enroll 500 students across five regional engineering institutes. The collaboration will integrate industry-specific knowledge into the curriculum and provide avenues for students to learn digital skills needed for the future.Padmaja Alaganandan, Chief People Officer, PwC India said, “As we move toward a complex, dynamic and tech-enabled future, the need for industry and academia to come together to integrate digital skills into the curriculum becomes more important than ever. Our long-term goal is to help develop a strong tech talent pool and build stronger tech communities that are needed to solve important problems in India and the world. “As part of the programme, students will be able to learn Salesforce skills through curated trails mapped to the National Occupation Standard (NOS). The course will be a mix of in-class and virtual learning with PwC experts investing 40 hours in teaching time during the full course. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a certificate from PwC India which will give graduating students industry-endorsed capabilities and skills in digital and cloud competencies.Speaking about the programme, Anjumara Syed, Partner & Salesforce Technology Competency Leader at PwC India said, “PwC India’s Cloud Technology Development Programme will empower students with the right skills and build a robust talent pool that will accelerate sustainable growth, drive greater productivity and businesses resiliency. We are delighted to associate with a strong partner like Salesforce that is equally motivated and committed to building a thriving tech community in India.”Sanket Atal, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Salesforce India said, “As we continue to navigate in a digital first world, the need for reskilling has never been more important. Were proud to be working with PwC to help close the skills gap and empower the next generation with the skills required to build a successful career in tech.”The Cloud Technology Development Programme is one of the many ways in which PwC India is working with academia to boost their curricula and make it more industry relevant. PwC India recently launched the PwC ESG Research and Innovation Forum in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad). This forum aims to play an important role in initiating the right conversations within the ESG space in India and in contributing towards thought leadership in ESG research, industry use cases and timely policy interventions. Among other initiatives, PwC India also hosted Campus Contender 3.0 last year that connects with the brightest minds from leading B-schools across the country to give them the opportunity to present innovative ideas on solving some of the biggest problems that organisations are facing today.About PwCAt PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 155 countries with over 327,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.