Microsoft, Autodesk join hands with AICTE

Microsoft, Autodesk join hands with AICTE

New Delhi: Software major Microsoft and design software maker Autodesk Friday signed an agreement with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to provide free software to over 10,000 engineering and architectural institutes in the country.

Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, Microsoft India said that this will provide access to software to millions of students who design projects as part of their curricula and otherwise. The softwares like Window phone, visual Studio, Explorer-9 will be freely available via the AICTE website.

Joe Astroth, chief education officer of Autodesk, US said that this is an investment they are making to expand their reach in the country. “This will benefit over 10,000 institutes in India to design several models ranging from automobiles to 3-D animation. It will also expand our business in India in future.& rdquo;

AICTE chairman S.S. Mantha said the softwares will be readily available to institutes from Friday onwards but students can access them individually within two months.