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Anna, MS in strategic alliance

Anna University and Microsoft enter into a strategic alliance to further empower students and faculty.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 14:55 IST

Anna University (AU) and Microsoft on Thursday announced a "strategic partnership" to empower the faculty and students across 235 colleges of Anna University.

The agreement is a first of its kind, under which students and faculty will have access to all the Microsoft developer tools which can be used by the students both at their institutions as well as hostels and homes on their personal computers for academic and research purposes. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Microsoft will assist in setting up Microsoft technologies in labs at select institutions and conduct faculty development programs on its curriculum related technologies.

Making the announcement, Dr D Viswanathan, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, who has always been at the forefront in keeping students interest in mind, said, “This is a continuation of our relationship with Microsoft, which has already setup a .NET Center of Excellence, over four years ago within the Guindy Campus. The centre has been quite active and has benefited the student and academic community quite immensely. We believe this is a great move ahead in our efforts to prepare and ignite the interests of our student community.”

“This partnership is a path-breaking initiative from Microsoft and a reinforcement of our commitment to realizing the potential of the Indian academia and student community as India marches into the global knowledge economy,” said Mr S Somasegar, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 14:55 IST