Friday, January 27, 2023

Centre of Excellence in online gaming to be set up in Shillong


Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday announced that India’s first Centre of Excellence in Online Gaming will be set up in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong by March 2023.
He said digital India start-up hub through the Software Technology Parks of India would be setting up the centre.
“The Centre of Excellence in Shillong is expected to catalyse startups and entrepreneurs from the entire North East Region to build the next gen online gaming ecosystem,” Chandrasekhar told reporters.The Union Minister said that it is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs must come from Shillong, Kohima and other parts of the North East India.
It is pertinent to mentioned that the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has recently circulated Draft amendments to the IT Rules 2021 in relation to the Online Gaming for public consultation.
The Union Minister also highlighted the importance of Digital Skills post Covid, as the rate of Digitalization of products, services and devices continue to increase across the globe.
Chandrasekhar announced another initiative of MeitY to set up a state-of-the-art facility under the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT) to provide training on cutting edge Digital Skills at Shillong.
A 10-acre campus shall soon be ready for this purpose which shall cater to the skilling requirement of youth in the North East Region.
He further informed that the Government is Re-launching Skill India through PMKVY 4.0, which shall train around 50,000 youth in Meghalaya in future ready skills with Industry backed Job Opportunities.
As far as other states in the North East Region are concerned; the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship under PMKVY4.0 has set a target to skill around 60,000 youth in Tripura and 35,000 in Nagaland across a spectrum of approved courses.

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