Rajasthan Gets Microsoft's IT Academy

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 06, 2006

The Education Department, Government of Rajasthan and Microsoft Corporation India has announced the launch of the first Microsoft IT Academy in Rajasthan.

This initiative is a result of the MoU signed between Microsoft and the Govt. of Rajasthan in August 2005 for implementation of Microsoft’s Partners-in-Learning program, within the Rajasthan Education Initiative.

Situated in Jaipur, the academy will serve to impart IT training to teachers across the state. Over the next five years, Microsoft aims to accelerate IT integration in education amongst 8000 teachers and over 400,000 students across 3,000 Government schools in the state.

The academy covers an area of over 3000 sq ft and is equipped with a state-of-the-art IT lab with latest hardware, software, curriculum and staff for effective delivery of IT training. There will be 20 PCs for the regular training and one laptop for the manager of the academy who will visit various schools to ensure consistency in delivery process. To ensure wide participation the courseware is translated in Hindi.

In addition to the training at the IT Academy, Microsoft has also started teacher training at 5 DIET centers in the state at Sikar, Sirhohi, Sri Ganganagar, Bhilwara and Jhlalwar districts.

Commenting on the partnership, Vasundhara Raje, CM, Rajasthan said, “Our partnership with Microsoft compliments our government’s unique focus for leveraging technology to create a skilled resource base in our state comprising of the next generation of IT professionals. Our partnership with Microsoft is a key deliverable here and we are confident that the IT Academy set up today will encourage early adoption of technologies by both students and teachers across government schools in the state.”

Rohit Kumar, Country Head - public sector, Microsoft India commented, “Under our Partners-in-Learning program we seek to work in close partnership with state governments and education departments for accelerating IT literacy amongst students and teachers across government schools. Today we are collaborating with 9 state governments and have trained over 52,000 plus teachers and reached out to over 2.6 million students.”

“The IT Academy in Jaipur inaugurated today underlines the common commitment that we share with the Government of Rajasthan for accelerating IT literacy and unleashing the next wave of IT education in the state,” added Rohit Kumar.