Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has announced the launch of its Global Ecommerce Talents (“GET”) Programme in India.

The initiative aims at helping students, small business professionals and entrepreneurs learn the required competitive skills. And, to make available the essential resources required to build their mettle in the global e-commerce industry.

As explained  by Sudheesh Nair, Vice President, Business Development at Alibaba.com, the GET program has its roots in China where a similar program started a year ago and is now being taken to a global level.

The program will offer general theory as well as application-oriented courses for prospective students. This also involves partnering with universities, colleges, business schools and training centers to rollout the program in different states throughout India.

The courses will include online tutorial videos and offline training classes, along with the opportunity to work with Alibaba.com’s partners in India to gain on-the-job experience.

Guru Gowrappan, Global Managing Director and Head of India for Alibaba Group said, “We are delighted to introduce this unique program in India. With a population of over 1.2 billion people, coupled with increasing internet and mobile penetration, the Indian e-commerce industry holds enormous potential for expansion. The government’s push for a Digital India also sets the right precedence for growth of this industry. Through this program, we hope to enable professionals to become competitive on a global scale and help them build competencies to promote international trade.”

The first batch of partners for GET in India include the Centre of Ecommerce Excellence Pvt Ltd, Indian Institute of Ecommerce, First EduIndia Limited and Unified Growth Foundation.

The program will be launched in select Indian colleges in the first phase, which will include Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and Kalinga University.

India is the fourth country for the roll out of the GET after the program’s successful launches in Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia. With more than 220,000 students benefited from the program so far, GET plans to roll out to more countries in Asia Pacific, aiming to foster more e-commerce talents with local partners.

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