Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of West Bengal for the roll-out of
Microsoft's Partners-in-Learning Program in the state. Debaditya Chakra-barti,
Principal Secretary - School Education, Government of West Bengal and Rajiv Kaul,
MD, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd signed the MoU.
The program encompasses Microsoft's flagship India education
initiative 'Project Shiksha-Empowering the future' as well as two other
initiatives namely Fresh Start and School Agreement.
In the five-year MoU period, Microsoft aims to reach out to over
one million students and over 12,000 teachers in Government and Government-aided
schools (From Class V to Class XII) across the state.
According to the press release, the MoU entails the setting up
and running of a Microsoft IT Academy Center in Kolkata for delivering com-prehensive
teacher training. This will be world class facility equipped with a
state-of-the-art IT lab encompassing hardware, software, curriculum and
staff for education delivery and administration. The MoU also entails the
formulation and implementation of a compre-hensive teacher training prog-ram,
creation of a localized IT curriculum for students, rolling-out of teacher and
student scholarship programs and setting up of a teachers' portal.
Commenting on the MoU, Chakrabarti said, "We believe that
IT has unlimited potential in adding value to the education process, both in
terms of course delivery as well as content. This belief underlines our MoU with
Microsoft today wherein we are committed to provide IT education for students
and skills training to teachers across the state of West Bengal."