IBM is trying to bridge the digital divide of India. IBM is providing training on open standards based technologies to more than 80,000 students in over 745 colleges in India.
IBM has covered 500 teachers in 200 schools and 30,000 children across India have donated over 1,200 Young Explorer units. IBM has launched the Reinventing Education program in partnership with the Corporation of Chennai and State Governments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This programme will cover more than 30 schools and it will reach over 7000 students in grades six to ten. IBM's Reinventing Education program is focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning in middle and secondary schools. IBM will continue to enhance partnerships with the Government on e-Governance and other projects to bridge the digital divide; strengthen a services science curriculum with Indian universities and strengthen the IT ecosystem in the country through globally benchmarked programs including reinventing education and the Kidsmart programs. The company will also continue to expand industry-specific business services through the use of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and the India Research Lab and India Software Labs will continue to drive business centric innovations.