Information Technology major Microsoft India’s project Sangam, a cloud-hosted, mobile-first community learning platform, has trained over 110,000 municipal functionaries across over 4,000 cities on Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal to give a major boost to Swachh Bharat Mission, one of the world’s largest national cleanliness programme.
The technology major partnered with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to enable delivery of large-scale, far-spread training programmes with high quality and efficiency.
“This partnership with Microsoft has helped increase adoption of best practices and equipped the workers with the knowledge they need to perform their tasks much more efficiently. We are already witnessing the phenomenal success of this partnership and the technology support by Microsoft is integral to that,” said VK Jindal, Joint Secretary and National Mission Director, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
The Microsoft project allowed MoHUA to run custom community training courses for municipal functionaries and track their process, manage content, users and analytics across the programme in one place.
“Irrespective of the end user, the Sangam portal provides an excellent opportunity for a continuous learning process. This is a great example of how innovative use of technology can be leveraged to empower organizations and individuals from all walks of life,” said Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & AI, Microsoft.
Swachh Bharat Mission aims to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns, and rural areas. To successfully execute this campaign, MoHUA wanted to standardise, centralise, modernise, and establish systems for knowledge exchange and capacity development to train thousands of municipal functionaries spread across cities in India.
MoHUA also plans to roll out a citizen training programme with aim to train citizens of India on subjects like public toilets hygiene, waste management, household hygiene, sanitation practices.