NASSCOM Foundation in collaboration with Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is setting up ‘Ciena Robotics Corners’ across three schools in the Delhi National Capital Regions (NCR) to introduce the concept of robotics, coding and new technologies.
The project started with the setting up of advanced technology labs and robotics corners in Army Public School Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi , DAV Public School, Sector- 49, Gurugram and DAV Public School, Sector- 14, Gurugram respectively. The Ciena Robotics Corner at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan amassed participation by over 25 students along with more than six teachers. Additionally, both teachers and students were provided with the handbooks, lesson plans and worksheets, followed by detailed teacher/student training programs to disseminate the learning content and bring robotic projects to life.
NASSCOM Foundation introduced the Ciena Robotics Corners as a part of its objectives to provide students with much-needed hands-on skills in emerging technologies. The project will also help encourage students and educators to develop simple and accessible solutions benefiting the local community.
Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation says, “Introducing robotics in schools not only encourages critical thinking and creativity but also opens up a plethora of career opportunities. Today’s disruptive environment requires candidates with skills in emerging tech for better employability and entrepreneurship avenues. According to a recent report by Nasscom-Zinnov, India is projected to face a shortage of 14-19 lakh tech professionals by 2026. One of the ways India can continue to lead in the tech domain globally is by harnessing the growth and education of STEM graduates. NASSCOM Foundation partners with organizations like Ciena to bridge this huge divide in opportunity and accessibility”
Trainers provided robot building and programming exercises and learning modules to all the three schools running the Ciena Robotics Corners.
This is not the first project executed by the NASSCOM foundation in conjunction with Ciena. Prior to this, the Ciena Spaces program is already helping 25 engineering students with the resources to develop business ideas and subsequently take their ideas to market.
Ryan Perera, Vice President and Country Head, Ciena India said: “Innovation and entrepreneurship are key attributes that the next generation of problem-solvers require. The Ciena Robotics Corners aims to provide an understanding of the emerging technologies available to design solutions that tackle real-world challenges. Our long-term collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation is a key part of our Digital Inclusion program and provides opportunities for both educators and students to gain a hands-on experience with digital skills and advanced technologies.”
NASSCOM Foundation has been instrumental in bringing forth technology to every Indian doorstep for the past 20 years. Deep-rooted in the core philosophy “TechForGood”, a part of the NASSCOM ecosystem remains devoted to serving the Indian tech industry, thus helping the country solve economic and social challenges through technology.
The Ciena Robotics Corners are set up by NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with Robospecies Technologies Pvt Ltd.