Microsoft will increase investments in North East India to help in the region’s digital transformation

Abhishek Baxi

Microsoft India

Microsoft India has announced plans to increase investments in the eight north-eastern states of India. The company aims to leverage the power of its AI and cloud technologies to partner the region in its digital transformation.

The company 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.

Microsoft has also signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sikkim today to revamp the educational system in the state. Under the MoU, Microsoft will support the state of Sikkim to build new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government schools in the state. The company will integrate IT content in the state board curriculum for grades 6 to 10 to build student capacity and build teacher capacity through the Microsoft Educator Network and Innovative Educator Program.

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As part of the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program, the company will adopt two schools nominated by the government to train their teachers and students on Microsoft’s curriculum on creative coding and gaming through apps, robotics, entrepreneurship and tools for collaboration, creativity, and communication.

As part of its Innovative Educator Program, Microsoft will train all educators of primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education to help them use ICT effectively and innovatively in the classroom.

To enhance digital literacy and digital citizenship, Microsoft will train 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. Microsoft shall share an online platform to undertake a digital literacy certification after successful completion of the course.

Microsoft, the only provider of services across all three clouds in the country – private, public, and hybrid cloud, was the first global public cloud service provider to be accredited by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and has three datacenters within the country – in Pune, Mumbai, and Chennai.

Microsoft cloud currently powers close to 150 government departments and State Owned Enterprises countrywide and has also recently been empaneled by the Government of Punjab for its cloud services.