All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Microsoft Corporation have 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 to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India.
In one such initiative being implemented, Live@edu is a hosted communication and collaboration service that offers email, Microsoft Office Web Apps, instant messaging and storage to AICTE’s more than 7 million students and nearly 500,000 faculty members, for a total reach of 7.5 million users. AICTE also plans to deploy Microsoft Office 365 for education when it becomes available later this year, providing access to Microsoft Exchange Online email and calendar, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft LyncOnline and Microsoft Office Professional as the technical infrastructure to support member colleges and institutes.
“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, AICTE.
“India is seeing rapid economic activity and growth. Microsoft’s commitment to empower students by deploying Microsoft Live@edu for 7.5 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 Sibbal, Union Minister for HRD.
“We are delighted that the confidence posed by AICTE in Microsoft. Microsoft has always seen education as a priority area and believes that technology offers possibilities that can help empower not just teachers and students but collectively India as a nation,” said Sanket Akerkar, Managing Director, Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd.