Microsoft has launched Microsoft Academia Accelerator, a new program which aims at building association between industry and academia in India.
Through this program, Microsoft, in collaboration with the faculty from 10 leading Indian engineering colleges, aims to improve the Computer Science curriculum and better student driven innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. Colleges who will collaborate with Microsoft include the IITs, BITS Pilani and IIITs.
The programme currently has two main components. One is a series of workshops that cover topics relevant to the technology industry today. The other is a series of student hackathons that give all students an opportunity to build applications that leverage Microsoft’s platforms including mobile and cloud.
The topics of the workshops will be customised to the curriculum at each partner college, based on the needs of computer science faculty and their specific tasks. These workshops will be delivered by Microsoft engineers who are domain experts on that particular area.
The hackathon series which will be delivered under the ‘code.fun.do’ brand name, will be open to all coders at partner college campuses.
Microsoft had piloted the program across 5 of the 10 participating colleges between 2012-13.