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In 1999, The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves, marked a cultural milestone for Hollywood with its depiction of dystopian reality in a simulated world. After 23 years, I experienced virtual reality for the first time on the 18thth The floor of a luxury building in Mumbai to launch Web 3.0 initiatives. Fortunately, this simulation doesn’t involve life-altering red or blue pills, mechanical monsters, or official assassins wearing sharp sunglasses.
The six of us were ushered into a conference room with a typical rectangular table with a sufficient number of chairs and a screen at the end. Those VR headsets and joysticks I’ve only seen so far in certain Hollywood sci-fi movies as we sit at the table in front of each of us. Luckily, tech support was nearby to guide us through the process, which included me asking them if I should keep wearing my glasses while the headphones were on.
After putting on the headset, I was transported to a virtual reality world, in the middle of the ocean. I float in mid-air, surrounded by scattered land. There’s a screen nearby to click some options, but with no prior experience dealing with joysticks, I don’t want to click on some wrong trigger to trigger some kind of mini-apocalypse, after all we’ve been instructed a while back, “Please don’t press these two. button”. The only problem is that I don’t know which ones should not be pressed. Ideally, we’ll eventually find ourselves in a virtual hall where we’ll witness the official launch of TimesPro’s Web 3.0 initiative, whose goal is to help learners improve their skills through cutting-edge programs in emerging technologies.
However, instead of finding myself there, I was taken from the ocean into a spacious and beautifully designed room. A window wall in front, a waterfall on a hillside in the distance, a huge sofa next to it, and a fireplace behind me. It’s a bit like the Tomb Raider video game I played in school, where half of my time was spent in unknown places where I didn’t know how to get to the next level. Tech support stepped in, and after a while, I finally got to the lobby where the event was going to be held. The rest of the course included viewing the virtual avatars of those in the room who logged in from elsewhere around me, as well as the various courses and roadmaps announced by TimesPro CEO Anish Srikrishna and technical program lead Mohan Silaparasetty.
But what exactly are these courses about and what do they offer?
Courses now available online include Web 3.0, Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency and FinTech, a TimesPro initiative to provide learners with future-focused and technology-driven courses through an interactive experience in Metaverse. They are a combination of Getting Started with Web 3.0, Blockchain Fundamentals and Reliability, and Certificates and Self-Paced Plans for Ethereum Smart Contracts. The initiatives were developed in collaboration with industry and institutional partners such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, iHub Divyasampark (IIT Roorkee) and the Indian Blockchain Alliance.
The Web 3.0 program will focus on learner-centricity and high engagement through case studies, projects, assignments, hackathons, and capstone projects. In addition to core learning, career services such as resume preparation, one-on-one mentoring with industry experts, and expert meetings will also be part of the curriculum. These courses will be delivered through TimesPro’s Learning Management System (LMS).
According to FICCI-EY’s 2022 report, Web 3.0 has been named a game-changer for the internet that could add nearly $1.1 trillion to India’s GDP by 2032. 1 It also mentions that the metaverse will undergo a massive evolution, leading to multiple disruptions, building the consumer experience, with over 50 million avatars in its space by 2025.
Anish Srikrishna, CEO of TimesPro, said in the announcement: “TimesPro has been investing in emerging technologies and has launched several flagship projects in full stack, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and more. Building a Web3.0 Center of Excellence The award is an important step towards deeper industry-academia linkages and furthers our mission to be at the forefront of the higher education technology industry, while making educational excellence accessible and affordable.”
These programs will provide 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 practical use cases, to a holistic understanding of the programming languages used to write smart contracts in many blockchain projects, even Web 3.0, Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Metaverse – these courses will be stepping stones for learners to stay ahead.
Founded in 2013, TimesPro is a higher education tech platform dedicated to advancing the careers of aspiring learners by equipping them with the skills they need to thrive in a competitive world. They include employment-oriented early career programs in the BFSI, e-commerce and technology sectors; partnering with leading educational institutions such as IIM and IIT to provide executive education for working professionals; and company-level organizational learning and development interventions. TimesPro also partners with leading multinational corporations in various industries in India to provide upskilling and retraining solutions to enhance employability.