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Microsoft, UP tie-up for elementary education

As a major step towards public-private tie-up in primary education, Uttar Pradesh government is joining hands with the global software major Microsoft to launch an ambitious ?Project Shiksha.?

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:51 IST
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As a major step towards public-private tie-up in primary education, Uttar Pradesh government is joining hands with the global software major Microsoft to launch an ambitious ‘Project Shiksha.’

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in likely to be signed later this week between UP government and Microsoft, which would pave way for the software giant providing a helping hand in innovative ‘Project Shiksha’ for teachers training in a big way, the first of its kind attempted by the state government.

The project draft was ready and it would be launched immediately after the MoU is signed, Basic Education department sources said on Monday. ‘Project Shiksha’ will focus on devising a comprehensive teacher training programme using technology for education, providing a teacher scholarship programme, assisting the state government in setting up a teachers portal and actively working with the government in devising curriculum and scholarship programmes.

It would be the first endeavour by Microsoft to impart its expertise in the field of elementary education in Uttar Pradesh which has the maximum enrollments of students in primary sector in the country.

The emphasis on teachers training with the help of latest technology available in the country will go a long way in improving the standard of the elementary education.

Microsoft, as a major revenue saver measure, has decided to waive off its share of profit on purchase of computer hardware and software. It would save at least Rs 40 lakh to the UP government in addition to providing its expertise.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 12:51 IST