Microsoft has put a step forward to help the students become creative with Microsoft Innovation Centers being set up in different parts of India. 75 MICs are already part of the program and Microsoft aims to increase the number to hundred in the next two years. Very soon you will see the impact of the MICs on 5,00,000 students certifying 1,00,000 of them in Microsoft technologies. To start with 14 cities in our country will welcome the MICs.
Don’t you want to know which are the lucky ones? Okay! The long list of cities goes this way – Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Bapatla, Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Trichy, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem in Tamil Nadu.
On the occasion of the launch of MICs in India Joseph Landes, General Manager, DPE, Microsoft India, said, “The Microsoft Innovation Centers are designed to offer a unique environment conducive for student entrepreneurship. As knowledge and innovation become primary catalysts for economic growth in India, the Microsoft Innovation Centers can play a vital role in generating powerful new ideas through training, education, and knowledge transfer.” This amazing program essentially focuses on the stimulation of new talent in India and makes the best use of their ideas for the progress of the country.
Predicting the impact MICs will have on the future of our nation, Dr. G. Viswanathan, Founder & Chancellor, VIT University, Vellore, said, “Innovation is an intrinsic part of the philosophy we live here at VIT University, which was established with the aim of providing quality higher education on par with international standards. Our students have been actively involved in the Imagine Cup – another great program from Microsoft that fosters innovation among students to address key global challenges.
Being a part of the first group of the Microsoft Innovation Center (MICs) in India, we see VIT becoming a center for applied technology solutions, digital literacy, and a creator of socio-economic change in the community and the economy. The technology areas that we will focus on include Cloud, Mobile, and other core technologies, which will allow us to provide a holistic skill roadmap for all our students, whether they want to pursue a career in technology, academics or business.’’ While YouthSpark aimed to address the opportunities available to young people in this competitive world MICs work towards strengthening the relationship between academia and industry. Hopefully, the MICs will lead us to a brighter future!