Microsoft has announced the launch of the Microsoft Academia Accelerator in India, a new program aimed at building a deep long-term association between industry and academia. Microsoft, in collaboration with the faculty at 10 leading Indian engineering colleges, will aim to enhance the computer science curriculum in selective areas and foster even greater student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Announcing the program, Vinod Anantharaman, head of Business Management, Microsoft India (R&D), said India produces some of the world’s finest engineering talent and much of this talent get started on their journeys at Microsoft’s top engineering colleges. By adding a layer of cutting-edge industry knowhow on top of the existing computer science curriculum, the Academia Accelerator program aims to expose students to critically important technology trends and practices earlier, during their formative years, thereby preparing them with vital skills and experiences that will enrich their careers and fuel innovation and impact from India.
The program currently has two main components—a series of workshops that span a wide spectrum of topics relevant to the modern-day high technology industry, and a series of student hackathons which give all students at these campuses an opportunity to work collaboratively in team environments to build modern, real-world applications that leverage the latest Microsoft platforms including mobile and cloud.