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In 1999, The Matrix actor Keanu Reeves launched a Hollywood cultural landmark with its depiction of a dystopian reality within a simulated world. After 23 years, my first experience with VR was at 18The tenth The floor of a luxury building in Mumbai for the launch of the Web 3.0 initiative. Fortunately, this simulation didn’t include life-altering red or blue pills, mechanical monsters, or uniformed assassins wearing sharp sunglasses.
Six of us walked into a meeting room with a typical long rectangular table with enough chairs and a screen at the end. As we took our seats at the table in front of each of us, it was the VR headsets and joysticks I had only seen so far in some Hollywood sci-fi. Fortunately, tech support people were there to walk us through the process, which included asking me if I should keep my glasses on while wearing the headset.
When the headset appeared, I was transported into the world of virtual reality, in the middle of the ocean. I was floating in mid-air, surrounded by scattered landmasses. There was a screen nearby with a few options to click on, but with no prior experience with joysticks I didn’t want to click some wrong trigger, which resulted in a sort of mini-Armageddon, after all we’ve been tipped for a while back, “Do not press these two buttons, please.” The only problem was that I had no idea who shouldn’t be pressured. Ideally, we would eventually find ourselves in a virtual room, where we will witness the official launch of the Web 3.0 initiative by TimesPro, the goal of which is to help learners develop their skills through cutting-edge programs in emerging technologies.
However, instead of finding myself there, I was now transported from the ocean into a spacious and beautifully designed room. In front there was a window wall overlooking a waterfall from the side of the hill in the distance, to the side were huge sofas and behind a fireplace. It feels similar to the Tomb Raider video games I would have played back in school, where I spent half the time wandering around uncharted places without knowing how to get to the next one. Technical support stepped in, and finally after a while I was in the hall where the event was to be held. The rest of the course of course included seeing virtual avatars of those in the room who logged in from somewhere else around me, announcements of the various courses and a roadmap provided by Anish Srikrishna, CEO, TimesPro and Mohan Silaparasetty, Head of Technology Programs.
But what exactly are these courses and what do they offer?
The courses now available online are on Web 3.0, Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrencies and Fintech, an initiative of TimesPro to deliver future-focused and technology-driven programs to learners, through the interactive experience in the metaverse. It’s a mix of certifications and self-paced programs when getting started with Web 3.0, Blockchain Fundamentals, Solidarity, and Ethereum Smart Contracts. These programs have been developed in collaboration with industry partners and institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, iHub Divyasampark (IIT Roorkee) and the India Blockchain Alliance.
Web 3.0 programs will focus on learner focus and high engagement through case studies, projects, assignments, hackathons, and graduation projects. In addition to basic learning, professional services such as resume preparation, one-on-one mentoring with industry experts, and expert sessions will be part of the curriculum. Programs will be delivered through TimesPro’s Learning Management System (LMS).
According to the 2022 FICCI-EY report, Web3.0 has been baptized as a game-changer for the Internet and could add nearly $1.1 trillion to India’s GDP by 2032. It also states that the metaverse will develop exponentially, and will lead to many disruptions Build a consumer experience, and by 2025 you will have over 50 million avatars in its space.
Speaking in the announcement, Anish Srikrishna, CEO of TimesPro, said, “TimesPro has invested in emerging technologies and delivered many leading programs in Full Stack, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and others. Creating a Web3.0 Center of Excellence It is a major step toward a deeper connection between industry and academia and furthering our mission to be at the forefront of the higher education technology industry while making education excellence accessible and affordable.”
These programs will develop a deep understanding of Web 3.0 technologies for learners who are changing the way the world interacts online. From the origins of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, their applications, and real-world use cases, to a thorough understanding of the programming language used to encode smart contracts in many Blockchain projects, to advanced topics such as Web 3.0, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), non-fungible tokens. (NFTs) and Metaverse – Courses will serve as stepping stones for learners to stay ahead of the curve.
Founded in 2013, TimesPro is a higher education technology platform dedicated to enabling the career growth of aspiring learners by providing them with the skills needed to rise in a competitive world. They include early career programs geared for employment across the BFSI, e-commerce and technology sectors; Executive education for professionals working in collaboration with leading educational institutions such as IIMs and IITs; and organizational learning and development interventions at the company level. TimesPro also collaborates with leading multinational companies in India across diverse sectors to provide upskilling and reskilling solutions to enhance employability.