A cloud computing-based offering that will enhance digital learning and teaching in schools and higher education institutions, in India, has been launched by Information technology giant, Microsoft. Edu-Cloud, a K-12 targeted product combining a digital learning platform on cloud and software solutions for schools, all deployed on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform.
Microsoft India chairman, Bhaskar Pramanik, told mediapersons that today’s students are digital natives, and Microsoft helps them imagine the future and realise it. He further said that with the help of cloud computing, they create, deliver and manage content from any device, anywhere, anytime, making learning easy and fun.
Stating that Microsoft was very passionate about education and that it had invested over Rs 670 crore in various education initiatives in the last one decade, touching 50 million people in 20 states in the country, Pramanik said Microsoft wanted to partner Indian schools and colleges in their digital transformation journey.
Microsoft, which is celebrating its 40 years of existence globally and 25 years in India, has drawn up a strategy to become a platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. Currently Microsoft has joined hands with a chain of educational institutions, Sri Chaitanya Schools being one of them, having network in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which plans to roll out this service by next year to the students of standard 3, 4 and 5th.
It may be mentioned that K-12 education system has been quickly gaining popularity in India after establishing its footprints in USA and Canada, especially after the launching of free primary education schemes by Indian government. In fact, the current K-12 school system in India is one of the largest in the world with more than 1.4 million schools and over 250 million students enrolled, as revealed in EY-FICCI report on the education sector in India.