New Delhi, India – 5th May, 2015: With an aim to transform education with the use of technology, Microsoft India has launched Edu-Cloud, a cloud computing-based offering that will enhance digital learning and teaching in schools and higher education institutions. Sri Chaitanya Schools is one of the first K-12 education networks to adopt Microsoft India’s Edu-Cloud for its teachers and students in 80 schools. Teachers and students of Sri Chaitanya Schools will use 14,000 Windows-powered tablets to access rich, interactive and relevant content from the Microsoft cloud to make learning and teaching more engaging and productive.
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “Today’s students are digital natives. At Microsoft, we help them imagine the future and realize it. With the help of cloud computing they create, deliver, and manage content from any device, anywhere, anytime making learning easy and fun. I am delighted that Sri Chaitanya Schools have decided to create digital classrooms, powered by Microsoft cloud, across their 80 schools.”
“Education is the single most important investment to build the future of the country. Technology can transform education and help build engaged, aware and digitally empowered citizens. We want to partner with Indian schools and colleges in their digital transformation journey,” he added.
Speaking about their adoption of digital learning tools, Dr. B. S Rao, Founder, Sri Chaitanya Schools said, “We believe that digital experiences help better prepare our students with 21st century skills. The world over, teaching and learning has been transformed by the use of new digital technology. Microsoft’s Edu-Cloud infrastructure is the best-in-class and we are proud to have our teachers and students use it to enhance their digital learning and teaching.”
With Edu-Cloud, students of Sri Chaitanya Schools will have access to digital content and free access to Office 365 from Microsoft on their Windows-powered tablets. Using the cloud, students and teachers can communicate better, collaborate, create, access and consume content. In addition, students and teachers will have access to eDvelop, a Learning Management Solution from Mobiliya, a Microsoft partner.
Edu-Cloud is expected to benefit 10 lakh teachers and 60 lakh students in 1500 institutes over the next 18 months. Microsoft Edu-Cloud supports students, teachers and school administrators through virtual learning platforms, easier content access, discussion boards, cloud storage, analytics & dashboard for learning outcomes, monitoring and improving teacher pedagogy, and creating custom learning modules. Microsoft Edu-Cloud enrollment details are available at https://www.microsoft.com/india/edu-cloud/
Microsoft’s commitment to education
In the last 10 years, Microsoft’s education, skill development, entrepreneurship and digital literacy programs have touched over 5 crore people in 20 different states of India. Microsoft has invested over INR 670 crore in not-for-profit programs such as YouthSpark, BizSpark, Imagine Cup and Partners in Learning in India in the last decade alone. We believe technology offers renewed possibilities that can empower both educators and students in the country in this new mobile-first, cloud-first world. http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/youthspark/
About Sri Chaitanya Schools
Founded in the mid-eighties, Sri Chaitanya Schools cover the intermediate college and the schools sector in India, under the Sri Chaitanya brand. The institution has successfully created an equity of success and trust in its academic programs across India. Today, it is India’s largest private network of schools and colleges that serve at least half a million students in any year. Sri Chaitanya is committed to empowering its students with the best in learning technologies, thereby enabling their academic success.
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 6,500 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.