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Microsoft Launches ‘Academia Accelerator programme’ In 10 Leading Colleges of India

Jan 18, 2014 17:23 IST

    Microsoft joined hands with 10 premiere engineering colleges of India to launch “Academia Accelerator programme” aimed to develop student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The objective of the programme is to enhance curriculum of Computer Science in the colleges which will encourage students to build apps for mobile, big data and other platforms, as informed by Vinod Anantharaman, Head of Business Management of Microsoft India (R&D).

    In the Press Conference held in Hyderabad and addressed by Anantharaman, he said that 4,000 students would be reached through the programme.

    The anticipation of Microsoft is development of 250 apps at the 10 proposed ‘hackathons’ and it will be a long-term association. Out of the lot at least 30 great apps are being expected to come out through the running of this programme, he said.

    He added that developers of app would have liberty to publish their apps on different operating Systems and mobile platforms.

    Microsoft India piloted this programme last year in 5 leading colleges in India. It expanded this programme by adding 5 more colleges this year in the programme making it total 10 at present. Few apps developed in the pilot phase last year, have already been published as told by Anantharaman.

    Around 3,000 students were covered in the pilot programme in 2013. The IITs, IIIT (Hyderabad) and NIT Warangal were also the part of it.

    Workshops on related topics such as modern-day, high technology industry would be organized by Microsoft in addition to conducting ‘hackathons’, called code.fun.do, in which students need to form teams and develop apps, by using Microsoft platforms, including mobile and cloud.

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