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

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The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology (Meity), Rajeev Chandrasekhar, has announced India’s first centre of excellence for online gaming to be set up in Shillong by March. It will be established by the Digital India Startup Hub through the Software Technology Parks of India.

The latest initiative has been launched to provide an opportunity to budding startups and entrepreneurs from the northeast that will help establish a full-fledged gaming ecosystem in the region. The IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar revealed that it was the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage the youth of the region while addressing journalists in Shillong.

“It is the vision of PM Narendra Modi that the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs must come from Shillong, Kohima and other parts of the North East India. Imparting digital skills to the youth in northeast region to enable them to grab opportunities of jobs and entrepreneurship in the fast-expanding Digital economy is an article of faith for Modi government,” said Chandrasekhar to journalists in Shillong, as per the press release issued by PIB.

Apart from this, Chandrasekhar, during his two-day visit to Meghalaya, also announced another ambitious project of Meity, which involves setting up of a state-of-the-art facility under the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT). The facility will train recruits on the latest digital skills trends in Shillong. A 10-acre campus will be erected for the aforementioned project.

The latest initiative to bolster the online gaming sector comes in the aftermath of Meity recently releasing draft amendments to the IT Rules 2021 in relation to online gaming for public consultation.

The Minister also announced the relaunch of Skill India through PMKVY 4.0 by the government, which will provide employment opportunities by training around 50,000 youth in Meghalaya in future-ready skills. Along with Meghalaya, PMKVY 4.0 will also initiate training of around 60,000 youth in Tripura and 35,000 in Nagaland across a range of several approved courses.

“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,” Chandrasekhar added.