Microsoft, AICTE collaborate to skill students, educators in next-gen technologies

New Delhi (NVI): All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has partnered with tech-giant Microsoft to empower learners and educators with future-ready skills, covering a broad range of technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), IOT, data science and cloud computing.

Microsoft has partnered with AICTE with a vision to provide uninterrupted online learning to millions of students across the country.

Under the partnership, over 900 course modules from Microsoft will be made available to students and educators free of cost through AICTE’s free e-learning portal, ELIS (free.aicte-india.org). Microsoft’s learning resource centre, Microsoft Learn has been integrated with the ELIS platform to provide access to personalized learning paths and resources for students.

The collaboration also gives educators access to best-in-class online learning paths and instructor-led training material through the Microsoft Learn for Educators platform, AICTE said in a release. Eligible educators and faculty members can access Microsoft’s ready-to-teach curriculum and teaching materials aligned with industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

“Our collaboration with AICTE reflects our commitment to building a strong skilling ecosystem in the country and ensure continuity in learning. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for upskilling and has shown clearly that the future of learning will be profoundly personalized and supported by technology. We are committed to empowering learners and educators across the country to skill themselves in emerging technologies and partner in the journey to thrive in a digital future,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, Ministry of Education, said, “Upskilling is very important to enhance employability opportunities for students. AICTE is happy to partner with Microsoft to help students get an opportunity to be hands-on with the latest technology and build products and services for the future.”

Through this partnership, students will also get an opportunity to be hands-on with technology and build for the future with Azure for Students, AICTE said. Eligible students aged 18 and above can building apps, explore AI, and make the most of big data with access to more than 25 free Azure services along with $100 in Azure credit, renewable annually.

In addition to this, to make learning more interactive, Microsoft will host live webinars on next-generation technologies for students of AICTE. To ensure technology benefits everyone, Microsoft will also sponsor 1000 Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers spanning different technologies for students from underserved communities.

-ARK