New Delhi, 21 July 2022.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC),a strategic implementation and knowledge partner for Skill India Mission, working under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LawSikho, a fast-growing legal education startup, to impart skill training to aspiring learners (from legal and non-legal backgrounds) and provide upskilling in legal programs.

The MoU was signed by Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer and Officiating CEO, NSDC and Ramanuj Mukherjee, CEO, LawSikho. The MoU signing ceremony was also attended by Abhyuday Agarwal and Siddhant Baid, who are both co-founders of LawSikho.

The partnership will facilitate internships and freelancing opportunities in programs such as contract drafting and, diploma and degree courses for lawyers and law students.It will also provide entry-level courses such as virtual assistant, paralegal, among others, for non-lawyers.NSDC will be able to leverage LawSikho’s model that facilitates remote working for high-paying legal and non-legal jobs.

The collaboration seeks to benefit more than 10,000 learnersover a period of three years, focusing on tier-2, tier-3 cities, small towns, and villages across the country. The program will introduce the learners to cutting-edge digital skills, which can provide them with remote jobs, freelance, internships and other career opportunities. Moreover, after learning the relevant skills, the learners can benefit from talent arbitrage jobs where they can work with clients and employers overseas.

Under the partnership, NSDC and LawSikho will also provide joint certification for various courses.They will facilitate low-interest skill loans to the learners through NSDC’s network and strategic support will be extended to LawSikho. The collaboration will also enable skilling the youth of the country in line with international standards.

Commenting on the partnership, Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer and Officiating CEO,NSDC, said, “Our collaboration with LawSikho is a step towards fulfilling the need for a skilled workforce in India and narrowing the existing gap between the demand and supply of future skills. As NSDC, we constantly strive to make skilling and vocational education available for all. Skilling and upskilling are key tools in not only empowering the workforce but in creating new booming sectors in the economy. I am certain that this holds huge growth potential for both the organizations.”

Ramanuj Mukherjee, CEO, LawSikho, said, “LawSikho offers the most advanced legal courses learners can find anywhere, helping them acquire the right skills and knowledge. It is an onlinelegal education platform that is focused on creating access to justice in India. Our partnership with NSDC will cater to the need of a skilled workforce in our country. Through this collaboration, NSDC and LawSikho will become great partners in driving meaningful skill development initiatives”.