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Microsoft to boost student technology expertise across India

Posted on Dec 08, 12:58PM | UNI

Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. today announced the launch of 14 Microsoft Innovation Centers (MICs) in India, signing MoUs with leading academic institutions across four states.

As part of the worldwide programme that currently has 75 MICs, Microsoft aims to launch a total of 100 MICs in India in the next two years which will drive innovation and help build a product-based software economy by supporting product development.

Joseph Landes, GM of Microsoft India. said, "The Microsoft Innovation Centers are designed to offer a unique environment conducive for student entrepreneurship. As knowledge and innovation become primary catalysts for economic growth in India, the Microsoft Innovation Centers can play a vital role in generating powerful new ideas through training, education and knowledge transfer." The MICs will act as innovation hubs at technology institutes providing incubation and expert hands-on support on Microsoft technology innovation, research and software solutions, aiming to create a pool of student technology experts across India which will impact over 500,000 students certifying 100,000 students on Microsoft technologies.

The MIC programme will act as the key driver of Microsoft's vision for developing new talent in India at the student level. Budding developers will be encouraged to innovate across key priority technology focus areas that are driving growth and change for the economy, namely: Mobility (Windows Phone), Cloud (Windows Azure), Kinect, Accessibility, Healthcare and a wider ambit for solving problems with an Indian focus.

"Innovation is an intrinsic part of the philosophy. This was established with the aim of providing quality higher education at par with international standards. Our students have been actively involved in the Imagine Cup, another great program from Microsoft that fosters innovation among students to address key global challenges." said Dr. G.

Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor of VIT University of Vellore.

The MIC announcement comes days after the India launch of Microsoft's new global philanthropy initiative 'YouthSpark' aimed at addressing the opportunity divide faced by the young people of the world. In particular, MICs will be critical in deepening the relationship between academia and industry, enhancing at a very basic level: employability and education, reducing the digital divide, support for innovation and driving sustainable socio-economic impact, a release said here today.