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Sikkim Government Will Integrate Microsoft’s IT Courseware To Spread Digital Literacy

The tie-up would help make the youth future ready.

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The Sikkim government and Microsoft India on Thursday entered into a pact for revamping the state’s education system by enhancing digital literacy and building new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government-run schools.

The MoU was signed between the Human Resource Development Department and the technology major here.

Sikkim HRD Minister R.B. Subba, Additional Chief Secretary HRD G.P. Upadhyaya and Director Education (Advocacy), Microsoft, Vinnie Jauhari were present at the event.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will support the state in integration of IT content in the state board curriculum to build student capacity, usher in school reforms, build teacher capacity as well as enhance digital literacy and digital citizenship.

Subba said the government was partnering with Microsoft India as part of its commitment to harness the power of technology to transform e-governance and core sectors in Sikkim.

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The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT courseware and content in the State board curriculum for classes 6 to 10 and train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) labs., Pixabay

The tie-up would help make the youth future ready, he said.

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The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT courseware and content in the State board curriculum for classes 6 to 10 and train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) labs.

Based on the agreement, two schools would be identified and adopted for implementing the plan. (IANS)

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Amazon Asks Judge to Block Microsoft from Pentagon Project

The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retail giant’s Cloud arm, has asked a US judge to force a stay of work on Microsoft’s $10 billion Cloud contract until the court can rule on Amazon’s protest over the Pentagon awarding JEDI to Microsoft.

Amazon had sought ‘preliminary injunction’ from the court to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on the billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project.

In a statement shared with Fast Company, an AWS spokesperson said that it is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending.

“It’s important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed. AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD’s modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,’ the spokesperson added.

Amazon filed a motion asking a federal judge to block Microsoft from working on any substantive tasks for the JEDI project while the court considers the matter. The motion makes good on Amazon’s previous pledge to try to pause work on the contract while the legal challenge is underway.

FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

Amazon last year filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.

“AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the Department of Defense (DoD’s) modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,” the AWS spokesperson said.

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Microsoft is set to start its work on JEDI Cloud contract from February 11.

The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft.

In its complaint against the government decision, Amazon alleged Trump abused his position to put “improper pressure” on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Bezos who owns The Washington Post. (IANS)