Microsoft, GoM Renew Education Pact

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 20, 2009

The Government of Maharashtra and Microsoft India have signed an MoU under which the software giant will provide training in information technology to school teachers as well as help build "employability-readiness skills” in junior college students.

At present, the state has three IT academies enabled by Microsoft India in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad wit over 92,000 trained teachers.

Under the new agreement, Microsoft will train one educator from each cluster. It will conduct over 200 sessions at the district-level over the next two years to train 6,000 resource persons.

In addition, Microsoft will impart training to Class XI and XII students in the fundamentals of computing, besides soft skills like English-speaking, personality development and grooming.

Also, to create an online community of students and teachers across the approximately 85,000 schools in the state, Microsoft will provide a login for email with school-specific domains.

On the global front, Microsoft is betting big on the Windows 7 launch and Microsoft Office 2010, which is expected in the middle of next year. Also eagerly awaited is MS Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Nokia s new smartphones, following their recent alliance.