Microsoft and Rotary International District 3010 bring 21st Century Technology Skills to 150 schools in Delhi NCR

New Delhi 1st July, 2014: Microsoft India and Rotary International District 3010 today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide the Microsoft IT Academy Program in 150 Delhi NCR schools covering over 150,000 students and 7,500 educators. Microsoft IT Academy is a subscription-based program designed for accredited academic institutions worldwide. It empowers educators to help students hone their skills and recognize their career potential through relevant and high quality technology training resources.

The program’s resources include online learning content, official Microsoft course materials, curricula, learning management system and instructor tools. Further, each school gets access to student and faculty certifications to train educators to use world-class curriculum in their classrooms. The curricula spans computer basics to high-level programming including Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio and other cutting-edge application development tools.

“Providing Indian youth with 21st century skills and knowledge is critical in helping them succeed in an increasingly connected world. Our MoU with Rotary International District 3010 is a step in providing these skills to 150,000 school students in Delhi through the Microsoft IT Academy Program,” said Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Microsoft India. “As per industry estimates, 50% of today’s jobs require some degree of technology skills and this will increase to 77% in the next decade. At Microsoft, we are committed to partnering with governments, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations to enable Indian youth through our education focused programs.”

Microsoft IT Academy bridges the skills gap by providing the curriculum, the training foundation and the validation of skills that college and career-bound students need to be successful. Today, Microsoft IT Academies around the world are helping prepare students, create successful schools and strengthen communities.

“By collaborating with Microsoft, we are able to provide a roadmap to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft certification credentials that are not only well aligned to Rotary’s goal of 100% literacy by 2017 but go a step further to provide Digital Literacy skills. We hope to spread this initiative to the rest of the country, as well as globally, over a period of time,” said Rtn Sanjay Khanna, District Governor, Rotary International District 3010.

Rotary International District 3010 has undertaken to sponsor over 150 Schools in this joint initiative with Microsoft. This is Rotary International District 3010’s contribution to the students in Delhi NCR and help them attain skills to succeed in the 21st Century global economy.

About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

About Rotary International District 3010
Rotary International (R.I) District 3010 comprising the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the revenue districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Revari, Sonipat and Mohindergardh in Haryana, Ghaziabad,  Gautam Budh Nagar in U. P. came into being on July 1, 1984 with 30 clubs As RI District 301. It consists of 133 clubs with 5,500 Rotarians.
The mission of R.I District 3010 is to assist and guide Rotarians and Rotary Clubs to accomplish the objects of Rotary, to ensure Rotary’s continuing relevance and to help build a better world, emphasizing service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity, encouraging high ethical standards, and creating greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.