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Microsoft keen on more social projects in India

Microsoft (India) on Friday said that the company had already invested over $4 million in development projects in India.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2005 19:18 IST

Microsoft Corporation (India) on Thursday said it is ready to take up projects for social and economic development in a big way.

"Last year, we had invested over $4 million in taking up development projects in India. Still, there is lot of scope for extending financial and material aid to India," Microsoft Corporation Senior Vice-President and General Counsel Brad Smith said.

Speaking after formally inaugurating the first Rural Knowledge Centre (RKC) at the International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) here, Smith said digital divide in India should be bridged with partnerships.

Developed jointly by Microsoft, ICRISAT and NASSCOM, the first RKC has been set up Addakal, about 155 km from here.

ICRISAT Deputy Director General Dyno Keatings said similar centres should also be set up in sub-Sahara region in Africa.

Meanwhile, NASSCOM Foundation Executive Director Sukanya Rath said technology applications can impact development in a significant way.

Under the Microsoft Unlimited Poetential (UP) Programme, better known as Project Jyothi, the software major has so far made cash grants of Rs 5 crore. The project targets to directly train 22,155 persons by end of 2007.

Many women from Addakal narrated their experiences and functioning of RKC on the occasion.

First Published: Sep 30, 2005 19:18 IST