Meghalaya Collaborates with Microsoft India to Launch ‘Smart Classroom’ Program
Speaking on the occasion, Neeraj Gill, General Manager – Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft is committed to supporting the Indian Government in its vision of a Digital India. We believe integrating technology in education can play an instrumental role in helping realize this vision and building engaged, aware and digitally empowered citizens. We are delighted to partner with the Government of Meghalaya to run this project at Pine Mount School to create digital classrooms, and contribute to their vision of expanding digital literacy. We are deeply invested in empowering India’s education ecosystem with technology, necessary for success in the 21st century, and we will continue our support to the state of Meghalaya in its digital transformation journey.”Through the course of four weeks, Microsoft India conducted several training and mentoring classes for 105 students and eight teachers of VIII standard at Pine Mount School in Shillong. Using Windows-based tablets, these classes were aimed at fostering digital learning and teaching using Microsoft Office tools such as Sway, Office Online: Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, OneNote Online and Office 365 for study projects in varied subjects such as History, Geography, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
Expressing enthusiastic support to the project, Mrs. Aiom Ksiar Deingdoh, Principal, Pine Mount School, said, “We are delighted by the opportunity that our teachers and students have received through this project by Microsoft India. The smart classroom has been a very exciting and enriching experience for our teachers and students, alike. In line with the government’s commitment towards digital education, we hope to continue in our journey to transform digital education in our school.”Over the last 25 years, Microsoft has been functioning as a key contributor towards a truly Digital India in the areas of education, digital economy, digital inclusion and cyber security, among others. Microsoft is a longstanding partner in India’s growth and remains committed to supporting the Government in realizing its vision for a Digital India. Microsoft believes technology offers renewed possibilities that can empower both educators and students in the country in this new mobile-first, cloud-first world. 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.