All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced that AICTE is deploying Microsoft Live@edu as one solution amongst many such initiatives with IT majors and Industries.
Over the next three months, Office 365 and Live@edu will both find their way into more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India.
“Microsoft’s cloud platform will make for a truly progressive ecosystem and contribute to the country’s technical education by providing a better communication and collaboration platform for institutes and students,” said Dr. S. S. Mantha, Chairman of AICTE. Click here for the press release
Benefits of Microsoft Cloud services:
1. The cloud deployment will expand students access to high-quality technical education and collaboration.
2. Live@edu will offer email, Microsoft Office Web Apps, instant messaging and storage to AICTE’s more than 7 million students and nearly 500,000 faculty members.
3. Office365 will provide access to Microsoft Exchange Online email and calendar, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and Microsoft Office Professional as the technical infrastructure to support member colleges and institutes.
4. It will help AICTE to have consistent and timely Communication with Colleges in order to carry out the task of evaluating the curriculum and quality of education in all technical institutes across the country, some of which are located in the remotest districts of India.
5. This New cloud service adoption will help AICTE provide an efficient platform for students and the institutional framework, and carry out its tasks efficiently.
“India is seeing rapid economic activity and growth. Developing India’s youth and their skills is going to play an important role in the country’s inclusive growth. The union budget also laid emphasis on skill development and so does the proposed 12th Five Year Plan with a National Policy on Skill development. The PPP model (public-private partnership) is most essential in running and managing training institutions to address the skill gap most efficiently. Microsoft’s commitment to empower students by deploying Microsoft Live@edu for seven.5 million users across the country with AICTE is commendable and a step towards an informed and developing India. I congratulate both AICTE and Microsoft on this significant milestone,” said Kapil Sibal, Union minister for HRD.[press release]
The implementation is already underway and is being managed by Microsoft and a set of Live@edu partners. Full deployment is expected to be complete by summer 2012.