STL signs pact for training in fibre networking


New Delhi: In a move to create more highly-skilled fiber deployment specialists in rural India, Sterlite Technologies and Common Services Centres (CSC) Academy have signed an MoU to train Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) in optical fibre networking.

“The current requirement of Indian telecom sector is to have a strong optical fibre backbone to carry large amount of data. To meet these needs we need skilled workforce that can manage end-to-end optical fibre network” said Anjali Byce, Chief Human Resource Officer, STL

The STL Academy is said to create an ecosystem of highly skilled professionals for deploying and maintaining complex optical fibre networks. Under the MoU, STL Academy will conduct certified training program for VLEs registered with CSC and will train 1,00,000 VLEs across gram panchayats.

“We are delighted to partner with STL to skill rural masses in India. Together, we are promoting entrepreneurship by fostering the capability and development of the VLEs under the Common Services Centre scheme,” said Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC.

With BharatNet Phase 2 in advanced stages of completion, which means that as much as 1.25 lakh gram panchayats will be connected to internet, many companies are running several awareness campaigns as well as eyeing the business opportunities in these places.

Tata Sky for example has started a rural awareness campaign, Aapka TV Banega Super TV. The campaign targets rural towns and villages across the country with an aim to educate people about choosing channels that teach them skills to make their everyday tasks easier.

Sterlite Technologies also is said to launch STL Garv, a digital kiosk which enables access to multiple infrastructure and services for rural communities. An initiative which will turn into a business model after a few months of operation.

STL Academy training program will happen in over 40 cities across the country and the target is to complete it in 180 days. Post training, CSC will provide employment or self-employed support to all VLEs at panchayat level.