It’s our desi facebook. The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Microsoft have collaborated to host a communication service that offers email, instant messaging, Microsoft Office web apps, 10GB inbox for 7.5 million engineering students and 5 lakh faculty members spread over 10,000 institutes across the country.
Live@edu — to be up and running in the next three months — will use cloud deployment to expand students’ access to high-quality technical education. This will allow students to interact and share content both for work and networking, and even initiate collaborative research projects.
Speaking at the occasion HRD minister Kapil Sibal said, “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.”
Live@edu will be a social networking site linked to its portal, allowing students to 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 institutes and students. Talking about the networking platform, AICTE chairman S S Mantha said the site will help “every student to put their research work on the portal and have an exchange”.