AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and Microsoft have collaborated to host a cloud computing based communication service that would offer E-Mail, instant messaging, Microsoft Office web applications, 10 GB Mailbox for Engineering students and Faculty members.
When asked about the Project to Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said; on April 12 that the service would benefit about 7.5 million engineering students and 5 lakh faculty members spread across 10,000 technical institutions across India.
The service 'Live@edu' to be up and running in the next three months- will use cloud computing to expand students access to a high-quality technical education. This will allow students to interact and share content both for work and social networking, and even initiate collaborative research projects.
"This is an era of collaboration and we hope to empower 7.5 million students and 5 lakh teachers with this use of technology. It is the first project of its kind", said Sibal.
What is Live@edu : It is a social networking site linked to its portal, allowing engineering students interact with each other about their projects with applications intended for educational needs and as a solution to provide better communication and collaboration platform both for institute and students.
AICTE Chairman SS Mantha said "The site will help every student to put their research work on the portal and have an exchange". "This application along with social networking will provide immense opportunities to students to interact and work with other projects"., he added.
"Microsoft cloud platform will make a progressive ecosystem and contribute to the country's technical education by providing a better communication and collaborative platform for institutes and students". Said Mantha. According to the Microsoft, the cloud site has more than 22 million people using the service. Microsoft MD Sanket Akerkar said that the implementation was underway, and the deployment would be complete by Mid-June.
However, the platform will be used for students communication and collaboration. It will include E-Mail, Calendars with 10 GB inbox, 25 GB additional file storage, documents chat and mobile email. Almost more than 10000 schools in over 130 countries have enrolled in live@edu.