Microsoft deploys its skill development platform to accelerate India’s Swachh Bharat Mission

Abhishek Baxi

Project Sangam

Microsoft India has partnered with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) of Government of India to deploy Microsoft’s Project Sangam to train functionaries and officers across India on Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.

Swachh Bharat Mission (Swachh Bharat means ‘Clean India’ in Hindi) is a nation-wide campaign in India that 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 standardize, centralize, modernize, and establish systems for knowledge exchange and capacity development to train thousands municipal functionaries spread across cities in India.

The cloud-powered, mobile-first learning platform – Project Sangam – enabled delivery of large-scale, far-spread training programs with high quality and efficiency. The platform was designed to train municipal functionaries of state sanitation missions, city managers, and sanitation workers.

Project Sangam was unveiled in a private preview at the Future Decoded conference in 2017 by Satya Nadella aiming to bridge the widening skill gap in India. Built for Indian audiences, the platform was described as “simple yet powerful” by Nadella. ‘Sangam’ means confluence in Hindi. It is meant to be extended to blue-collar medium to low-skilled workers.

Swachh Bharat Mission app

Through this partnership, MoHUA has successfully trained over 110,000 municipal functionaries on best sanitation practices across 4000 plus cities in India. The platform has empowered the MoHUA to run custom community training courses and track their process, manage content, users and analytics across the program in one place.

In the phase two of this e-learning mission, the Ministry will now roll out Citizen Training program with aim to train citizens of India on subjects like public toilets hygiene, waste management, household hygiene, sanitation practices. The citizen training app is already available on the Google Play Store here.