Shillong to get India's first centre of excellence for online gaming
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Shillong to get India’s first centre of excellence for online gaming

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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Jan 13, 2023 8:16 pm
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IT Minister Rajeev Chadrasekhar at Shillong
Source: PIB.

The Indian government is set to establish the country’s first Centre of Excellence for online gaming in Shillong, to promote startups and entrepreneurs from India’s northeast to develop the next-generation online gaming ecosystem.

This initiative is part of the “Digital India” program and will be implemented through the Software Technology Parks of India. IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar announced on Friday that the centre is expected to be completed by March.

While interacting with journalists at a press conference in Shillong, Chandrasekhar said that the move aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of fostering a new wave of startups and entrepreneurs from Shillong, Kohima, and other parts of northeastern India.

The Minister emphasised the importance of digital skills in a post-pandemic world, as the rate of digitalisation of products, services, and devices continues to grow globally. He stated that by providing digital skills training to the youth in the northeastern region, they will be able to take advantage of job and entrepreneurial opportunities in the fast-growing digital economy.

“PM Narendra Modi is building New India with re-imagined ambitions and aspirations for the young Indians. There are multiple opportunities available today and therefore skills become important to take advantage of these opportunities. Skills are the new Passport to prosperity”, he said.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) recently released draft amendments to IT Rules 2021 for public consultation, which pertain to online gaming. Additionally, MeitY is planning to establish a state-of-the-art facility on a 10-acre campus under the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT) in Shillong to provide digital skills training.

The government is also relaunching the Skill India program through PMKVY 4.0, which aims to train around 50,000 youth in Meghalaya, 60,000 youth in Tripura, and around 35,000 youth in Nagaland in future-ready skills, with industry-backed job opportunities. The program is designed to equip young Indians with the skills needed to take advantage of the various opportunities available today.

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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Jan 13, 2023 8:16:47 pm