Microsoft India increases focus on the North East, Cloud

February 3, 2019

Microsoft India announced plans to increase investments in the eight North Eastern states of India.

The company said that it 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.

As part of its commitment to partner the region in its transformation, Microsoft signed an MoU with the Government of Sikkim today to revamp the educational system in the state.

Under the MoU, Microsoft will support Sikkim to build new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government schools in the state.

This will include:
-Integration of IT content in the state board curriculum to build student capacity
-Whole school reform through the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program
-Building teacher capacity – through the Microsoft Educator Network and Innovative Educator Program
-Enhancing digital literacy and digital citizenship

Speaking on this, Hon’ble HRDD Minister R.B. Subba said “We are committed to harnessing the power of the technology to transform e-governance and core sectors in Sikkim and we are happy to partner with Microsoft.”

Commenting on this, Mr. Manish Prakash, General Manager – Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “E-governance is the best way to get the benefits of technology to all the residents of North East India. We believe the next step of growth will be to leverage the power of the cloud, artificial intelligence, IoT and data; and are very keen to partner with the North East on this journey.”

Microsoft has been working closely with several state governments in India to support their digital infrastructure, enhance their citizen services and drive efficiencies in their administrative and governance operations. It is deploying AI and cloud computing solutions to transform services in different areas including education, agriculture and healthcare.
Close to 150 govt departments and SOEs across states are currently powered by the Microsoft cloud.

Microsoft is the only provider of services across all three clouds in the country – private, public and hybrid cloud, and was the first global public cloud service provider to be accredited by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). It has also been recently empanelled by the Government of Punjab for its cloud services.

The company has set up three cloud data centres in Pune, Chennai, and Mumbai three years back and the availability of local cloud services – Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 – is accelerating cloud innovation and opening new possibilities in e-governance and inclusive growth.

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