Last week we announced that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has chosen the Microsoft Live@edu cloud-based email for their 7,000,000 students. The staggering scale of the AICTE – with 10,000 technical colleges, and half a million staff, on top of their 7 million students makes it Microsoft’s largest cloud customer ever. The implementation has already started, and will be finished in three months. It started with the roll out of Live@edu and then will deploy Office 365 for education, to add SharePoint Online and Lync instant communications for users.
AICTE is the governing body for technical education in India, and manages and certifies technical colleges and institutes right across the country. As the Chairman of AICTE, Dr S S Mantha, said:
|Microsoft’s cloud platform will make for a truly progressive ecosystem and contribute to the country’s technical education by providing a better communication and collaboration platform for institutes and students|
This project is significant because of the size of the implementation (much bigger than the previous ‘biggest’ deployment, of 700,000 students in Kentucky Department of Education, and also because the AICTE reviewed solutions from Microsoft, IBM and Google as part of taking their decision.