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Microsoft India Increases Focus on the North East, Signs MoU with Sikkim

Microsoft India has announced recently that it plans to increase investments in eight northeaster states of India. This will be mostly to leverage the power of AI and cloud technologies to partner the region in its digital transformation. Microsoft cloud currently powers close to 150 govt departments and state owned enterprise countrywide.

Under the MoU, Microsoft will support Sikkim to build new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government schools in the state.T he company said that it will focus on the education sector; enhancing transportation and utilities; and enabling better citizen services in the North East by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and cloud technologies. As part of its commitment to partner the region in its transformation, Microsoft signed an MoU with the Government of Sikkim today to revamp the educational system in the state. This will include:

  • Integration of IT content in the state board curriculum to build student capacity
  • Whole school reform through the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program
  • Building teacher capacity – through the Microsoft Educator Network and Innovative Educator Program
  • Enhancing digital literacy and digital citizenship

Manish Prakash, General Manager – Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “E-governance is the best way to get the benefits of technology to all the residents of North East India.  We believe the next step of growth will be to leverage the power of the cloud, artificial intelligence, IoT and data; and are very keen to partner with the North East on this journey.”

The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT course ware and content in the state board curriculum for grades 6 to 10.  The company will also train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Research and training (SCERT)/labs nominated by the government.

This will further include training teachers and students on Microsoft’s curriculum on creative coding and gaming through apps, robotics, entrepreneurship and tools for collaboration, creativity and communication. The training will be imparted through conduct workshops at these schools as well as online webinars to equip them with technology skills to counter real life challenges.

Building teacher capacity is one of the initiative the company is taking up for effective professional development of teachers and in turn prepare students with new technological skill set.  will provide its Innovative Educator Program to all educators of primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education to help them use ICT effectively and innovativly in the classroom. Professional development content for educators such as the Microsoft Teaching with Technology (TwT), will also be made available through the Microsoft Educator Network.

Further to this the company plans to enhance the digital literacy and digital citizenship by training a batch of 20 District Education officers (DEO) and Principals of the Government Schools nominated by the government on Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum & Certification who will go on to further train other schools within their district. The digital literacy content will be available in both online and offline modes free of cost.

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