Microsoft to spend another US$20 million on education in India

BANGALORE, INDIA (06/04/2008) – Microsoft is planning to spend US$20 million on its education programs in India over the next five years.

The company said Wednesday that it had already spent $20 million since 2003 on its education program for teachers, called Project Shiksha.

The project involved training over 240,000 government school teachers in India on teaching methodologies and the use of technology as a support in education, said Suneet Sethi, program manager in India of Microsoft’s “Partners in Learning” program.

In the next phase, Microsoft plans to train more teachers, with a target of 50,000 teachers to be covered under this program in the first year.

The program in the new phase will also address schools and students. The company will, for example, work with government, NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) and other partners to provide affordable and reliable software for primary and secondary school students, giving under-served students access to computing platforms for education, it said.

The computer hardware for the program will come from a variety of sources including government programs and corporate donations, Sethi said. The computers will run Microsoft Windows operating systems, and the choice of version of the Windows operating system will depend on the hardware available, he added.

Microsoft is already offering its Windows and Office Suite in Indian languages. The company and its partners plans to localize for this project educational and other relevant software. It is working for example with the governments of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan states to develop educational software in local languages, that is tailored to the states’ school curriculum, Sethi said.

Microsoft’s education programs have been criticized by open-source advocates, as an attempt to build a pool of people trained on its technologies. The Indian government has not indicated so far a preference for either open-source or proprietary technologies, leaving the choice to various government agencies.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now