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AICTE deploys Microsoft's cloud technology for education

Posted: 16 Apr 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing  technical education 

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will deploy Microsoft's Live@edu solution over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India. With this, AICTE has become Microsoft's largest customer ever for cloud computing.

"The cloud deployment will expand students' access to high-quality technical education and collaboration."

"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 S.S. Mantha, chairman, AICTE.

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 70 lakh students and nearly 500,000 faculty members.

"We are delighted with the confidence posed by AICTE in Microsoft," said Sanket Akerkar, managing director, Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited. "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."

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 Lync Online and Microsoft Office Professional as the technical infrastructure to support member colleges and institutes.

The implementation is already underway and is being managed by Microsoft and a set of Live@edu partners. Full deployment is expected to be complete by summer 2012.

Part of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development, AICTE is the governing body for technical education in India, certifying and managing technical colleges and institutes in a country.

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