Assam signs pact with Microsoft for improving learning in State

By- Staff Reporter | Date- June 13, 2012

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In move to enhance the quality of learning and improving the use of technology in classroom, Assam Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today in Guwahati with Microsoft India. The agreement was signed by L.S. Changsan, director of the Assam government’s Asom Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission and Ranbir Singh, Country head – Government Engagements of Microsoft India.

This pact is aimed mainly at supporting the School Education System of the state to use ICT towards improving the quality of learning in schools. As per the agreement, 5,760 school teachers in Assam will be equipped with skills required for integrating IT in classroom teaching to drive new age learning for the students under Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PIL) programme. This will be done by holding training sessions at six different state-run DIETS (District Institute for Education and Training).

It is to be mentioned that the PIL programme, is a global Microsoft programme that helps in providing teachers with tools aimed at enhancing their IT skills.

Although the education minister as well as the Assam Government is boasting and singing high tunes about the new agreement with Microsoft, Assam is actually the 18th State to be implementing this programme in India. So far, 708,017 government school teachers have been successfully trained under the programme in 17 states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. It is better late than never, – let’s go with that.

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