Corporation India Wednesday announced the launch of a new
education resourcing programme, Microsoft Ed–vantage, in response
to strong feedback received from academic institutions in India.
"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.
"The introduction of Microsoft Ed–vantage represents an evolution
in the way over 10,000 universities and colleges can adopt
Microsoft student solutions to their individual needs, providing
them the opportunity to compete on the global employment stage on
an equal footing," the statement said.
The programme aims to consolidate and enhance the benefits to both
academic institutions and students who are leveraging
well-established Microsoft programs like Campus Agreements, IT
Academy, DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, Student2Business etc. that
provide the right software tools to the faculty and students, the
"This programme's primary focus is to make students more
employable and equip them with skills relevant to industry needs.
It is designed to help eligible academic campuses and their
students connect with various organizations in Indian industry,
thereby creating a platform for the students to explore internship
and employment opportunities," the company said.
"The introduction of Ed–vantage represents an all new way that in
the way academic institutions can work more closely with Microsoft
than ever before, to leverage the technology and programs that we
have to offer, build the right skills to become more employable
while getting innovative ", said Sanket Akerkar, Managing
Director, Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited.
"Facilitating the right technology education is on the top of
Microsoft's agenda, as it collectively helps India as a nation",
The importance of providing current, real-world tools to
information systems (IS) students at an affordable cost is a
challenge many IS educators continue to face.
"The Microsoft Ed–vantage program is a response to this need and
pulls together the core principles of genuine software, and
certifications to make students 'employable' in these times of
shrinking academic budgets and increasing educational costs," the
The Microsoft Ed–vantage program offers four levels that can be
leveraged with Microsoft - each level of investment comes with key
benefits going from Basic to Silver, Gold and Platinum.