Microsoft launches Ed-vantage educational
"The key aspects of this feedback related to helping the
institutions with topics that are most relevant to them, such as
partnering with them to bring in more technology innovation and
capacity building for faculty and students; and making their
students more employable," a company statement said. »
largest software major, Microsoft Corporation is offering its new
education programme to the Indian academia for capacity building
through faculty and making students more employable.
"Our new education programme will help academic institutions
across the country with relevant topics, partner with us for
technology innovation and capacity building in terms of faculty
and students," Microsoft India Ltd. managing director Sanket
Akerkar said in a statement here Sunday.
The "Microsoft Ed-vantage" initiative will enable about 10,000
universities and colleges across India to adopt its student
solutions to individual needs, providing them an opportunity to
compete on the global employment state on an equal footing.
"The programme will benefit faculty and students who are
leveraging our tech courses such as Campus Agreements, IT Academy,
DreamSpark, Imagine Cup and Student2Business with the right
software tools as they are designed to help them connect with the
industry for internship and employment opportunities," Akerkar
Noting that providing real-world tools to students at an
affordable cost was a challenge to information systems (IS)
educators, the Indian subsidiary's top executive said the
programme was in response to the need with genuine software and
certifications that make them (students) more employable in times
of shrinking academic budgets and increasing education costs.
"The Ed-vantage programme represents a new way institutions can
work with us to leverage our technology, build the right skills to
become more employable while getting innovative," Akerkar
Offered at four levels spanning basic to silver, gold and
platinum, the programme is based on the core principles of genuine
software, campus agreements, sound content and platform for IT
"The courses are intended to benefit technical and non-technical
colleges and institutes in the country having our own software,"