Aptech-Microsoft enter education pact

by Abhinna Shreshtha    Feb 15, 2011

IT educationLooking to put one over rivals NIIT, IT education provider - Aptech, has entered into a global, strategic alliance with Microsoft under which it will integrate licensed Microsoft educational content in its existing curriculum.

The announcement was made by Aptech and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) today, with the new curriculum including Microsoft content, expected to be launched beginning April this year. Through this agreement, Aptech will now be able to provide students specialized Microsoft-approved content and certifications through its existing courses - Aptech Comptuer Education and N-Power. Aptech also plans to integrate the new Microsoft content in its educational programs outside India in the coming years.

Some Microsoft technologies which will now be a part of the curriculum include Windows Server 2008, Vista, Microsoft Exchange Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Virtualization, etc. The total length of the course is 2 years and will be available to students at no additional fees. “The certification and course material fees are built into the value add. There will be no rise in the course fees as we feel capable of absorbing the costs,” said Ninad Karpe, CEO of Aptech. However, he did hint that future revisals in the fee structure were probable.

Meanwhile, placements will continue to remain the responsibility of Aptech and its partners with no plans to leverage Microsoft’s help in this area. Microsoft, on its part, is keeping its options open, with Rajeev Mittal, GM, SME, for Microsoft, stressing that this was not an exclusive partnership and they would be open to similar alliances with other public and private sector players, as well as NGOs.