Microsoft Eyeing Strategic Partnerships

by Muntazir Abbas    Jul 24, 2009

As the Microsoft India Research Center completes five years in India, the software major is eyeing for comprehensive partnerships with government and the academic community to facilitate innovation, education and agriculture.

The center is the third basic research facility of the software major outside the US.

The laboratory has contributed significantly to the Microsoft operations worldwide. The research lab facilitates both basic and applied areas, including computer science and software engineering. The company is collaborating with universities and institutions to attract IT expertise in India.

"We are looking at large-scale collaboration projects with the government and academic community. Microsoft is partnering with Department of Science and Technology for our Digital Heritage Project," said P Ananadan, MD, Microsoft research India. "We have seven research areas, including Algorithms Research; Cryptography, Security and Applied Mathematics Research; Mobility, Networks and Systems; Technology for Emerging Markets; and Rigorous Software Engineering groups."

Kapil Sibal, union HRD minister while speaking on the need to raise talent pool to cater the needs of IT/ITeS industry said that the talent available in India can facilitate Microsoft to move forward. In the financial crisis we need to think fresh, and innovate to revitalize the global economy.

"We have a goal to increase five per cent growth by 2012, and for this we need an expansion of opportunities. We ll set up 14 world-class universities as well as 1,000 polytechnics and 8 new IITs and equal number of IIMs," said Sibal. According to him, research has an important role to play.

"India is a very significant player in educational research, and we can empower the demographic dividend, and innovation is all about seeing the change in the context of economy slowdown. HRD has enormous role in creating opportunities to facilitate change," said he.

Sibal said that if Microsoft is focusing on agriculture, research and education- India can be a hub for educational activities and research and development, and out of every three investments, two will be made in India. "We are allowing our universities to compete with global institutions. With ICT revolution taking place, we can educate lot more people without actually traveling to destinations."