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Equipping youth with the digital skills to do so effectively and responsibly is key to their futures, says Prachi Sharma, Co-Founder of VizInfy 3D Solutions

In VizInfy, we are doing AI (Artificial Intelligence) growth and development projects, especially in the fields of education, healthcare, e-commerce, finance, etc., which will in turn help reduce the existing digital gap in India

When asked what digital literacy is and why does it matter, Prachi Sharma, Co-Founder of VizInfy 3D Solutions, in an exclusive interview with CIO News, said, “It is an effective and appropriate use of technology to create, collaborate, and share digital content responsibly.” Every career requires digital communication at some point, so equipping youth with the digital skills to do so effectively and responsibly is key to their futures. But the benefits of teaching digital literacy skills begin in the classroom right now. I’ve also worked with Jupiterflix, an EduTech startup, to enable students from various states and countries to learn and test their knowledge in all subjects, whether at the school level, for government exams, or for professional courses. We are working in tier 2 and tier 3 cities to encourage youth to do the same.

When asked about her views as an IT leader on digitally up-skilling the youth in the post-COVID era, she said, “It is not a hidden fact that technology can be a great enabler for improving life all around us!”

The need to upskill and reskill the workforce has never been more urgent, especially in the post-COVID era. The pressure to optimise costs and maximise productivity is always there. Today, it’s made more complicated by changing technology, the increasing complexity of geopolitics and global trade, and the ongoing race to find and keep the right talent with the right skills. These forces are reshaping the workplace and introducing new challenges that impact the whole organisation. So, I believe everyone should be able to live, learn, work, and participate in the digital world.

In VizInfy, we are doing AI (Artificial Intelligence) growth and development projects, especially in the fields of education, healthcare, e-commerce, finance, etc., which will in turn help reduce the existing digital gap in India.

When asked how the youth can be digitally empowered and what kind of exposure and engagement opportunities in the educational curriculum can educational institutes implement to raise the interest of youths to up-scale their digital skills, she said, “We, VizInfy, have been on a journey to upskill our own people and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned.” We are ready to help businesses, educational institutes, governments, non-government organisations (NGOs), local communities, and individuals accelerate their upskilling journey and create the workforce of tomorrow, today.

Today, I believe all educational institutes should collaborate with tech start-ups and include the latest technologies in their curriculums to build towards a future that works for their students. I have started a few projects myself, such as:

  • AR & VR in schools for learning complex structures
  • Collaborated with Jupiterflix for eLearning and providing a test portal to check the accuracy and timings for students
  • Created many AI based software for training & upscaling the digital skills at various levels
  • Increased learner engagement through games and apps
  • Even installed AI chatbots and voicebots to help upscale the digital skills in various organisations and institutes

These comparative advantages, relative to traditional “chalk-and-talk” classroom instructions, have expanded opportunities for practice, and increased student engagement.

When asked if it should become a must for schools, colleges, and other educational institutes to conduct workshops or crash-course programmes to drive the importance of technology for businesses, she said, “Absolutely.” When schools, colleges, and educational institutes use technology to enhance the work of educators and to improve the quality and quantity of educational content, learners will thrive.

When asked what advice as an IT leader she would give to youth considering a career in the technology industry, what they should know about the industry before starting their career, what challenges they might face, and how they overcome them, she said, “Anything that exists competitively on the market today has a technological component involved in either distribution, product development, or marketing side of things.” The foremost advice would be: it’s hard to do something when you don’t know whether or not it’ll work out or whether or not you’ll like it. Don’t let fear stop you from trying something new in technology. Changes can be scary, but fear doesn’t mean you’re going in the wrong direction.

Second, technology evolves on a regular basis, and you must keep up with it. Thirdly, I have heard people say that they need to spend more to learn tech courses or that they need high-end computers. However, that is a total myth. There are a lot of free podcasts and courses available, and you can opt for a tech-based job too, even without having a tech background. Fourthly, if you think you are too late to learn technology now, I would say: don’t be so quick to rule yourself out. Last but not least, networking is important. Seek out a supportive atmosphere; join online groups or forums, which will help you whenever you get stuck.

She highlighted, “You have got just one life, so follow your passion and your dreams.” Don’t just live to pay bills. And never let trapped minds define your limits. It is all about the ability to do what you want, when you want, and for how long you want.

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