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Microsoft launches new program to skill Indian students in AI and cloud tech

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Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub program

Microsoft has announced a new program under which it will establish core artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure and internet of things (IoT) Hub for specific education institutions and research firms in India.

Called Intelligent Cloud Hub, the new program is aimed to skill students in AI and cloud technologies. Microsoft is starting the program with India.

As a part of the program, the tech giant will provide top-notch infrastructure and onsite training for faculty and students in selected institutions in the country. This training will be provided through development workshops related to cloud computing, AI, data sciences, and IoT.

Microsoft will assist these institutions with curriculum and content, developer support, and developmental tools.

“AI, the defining technology of our time, is fast transforming our lives, industries and society. Jobs of tomorrow will require a very different set of skills, and collaborating, training and working with AI will be as important as collaborating with people. It is now more critical than ever for education institutions to integrate new cloud and AI technologies,” said Manish Prakash, Country General Manager-PS, Health and Education, Microsoft India.

“We need to ramp up the institutional set-up and build capability among educators to equip the workforce of tomorrow. The Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub Program aims to catalyze this with technology insights, cognitive skills, and a practical, in-depth understanding of developing intelligent connected solutions for application across industry and citizenship scenarios.”

Students and faculties will also get access to Microsoft’s AI developmental tools and Azure AI Services, including Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning and Bot Services.

Research institutions will get AI-based suggestions and ideas for potential areas of research. Microsoft will support these institutions in terms of an in-campus Cloud Software Research Associate during the Intelligent Cloud Hub program.

Under the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub program, the tech giant is also going to assist the educational institutions and research firms in branding. This will help them gain recognition through national showcase of selected projects.

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“Our vision is to make participating universities and institutions Intelligent Cloud Hubs in their own right at the end of the first three years,” added Manish Prakash.

Microsoft is continuously working on improving the skills of engineers and others to make them ready for the modern technologies. In April this year, the company had launched Microsoft Professional Program in AI, which is part of a larger corporate effort.

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