New Delhi: Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian arm of Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, has announced an investment of $20 million (Rs84.4 crore) over five years in India for the second phase of an ambitious project to promote computer education in the country’s government-run schools by training teachers.
Part of an initiative that Microsoft has spent some $240 million since 2003, branded “Partners in Learning”, the first phase of the Indian leg of the project — dubbed Project Shiksha — has directly trained more than 80,000 government school teachers.
Microsoft now hopes to expand the programme, with an immediate target of training another 50,000 teachers in the next one year. “We want to provide greater access to learning tools and content, both to schools and individual teachers, in this particular phase,” Ravi Venkatesan, chairman, Microsoft India, told reporters here.
Project Shiksha currently runs in 10 states through 11 Microsoft-owned academies together with what are called District Institutes for Education Training, run by state governments.