Electronics Corp plans tieup with Microsoft

KOCHI - The Rs 10 billion (US$213.4 million) Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL)will team up with Microsoft for educational software, a company official said. ECIL, along with its IT division, ECIT, also had plans to tie up with hardware suppliers, vice president V K Malik said.

The company was planning to target 5,000 educational institutions - schools, colleges and polytechnics - in the current year, whereby total IT solutions comprising hardware, software, peripherals and educational deliveries are provided.

It also had plans to establish IT education services in overseas countries. The company had already entered into an agreement for the opening up of ECIT centers in three provinces in northern China, he said. Tieups with companies and universities for high end courses were also on the cards, he added.

The Karnataka government has also accorded permission for conducting IT education in software and hardware for 4,000 unemployed youths, he said. In Kerala, the ECIT presently has 42 centers and plans to add 10 more this fiscal year. Centers had been established in 11 schools and 25 schools were under consideration, Malik said.

News source: Asia Times

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