|As part of the MoU, the Orissa Computer Application Centre had been appointed as a Strategic Microsoft Technology Partner for the state, consulting, developing and deploying solutions based on microsoft technologies, official sources said. Asit Kumar Tripathy, commissioner cum secretary in the Information Technology and Tourism departments and Sudev Muthya, Director, Enterprise Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation India, signed the MoU. Tripathy said OCAC would develop a core team to work and train on microsoft technologies and microsoft would invest in training and skills transfer on microsoft products and technologies to OCAC by jointly setting up a center of excellence. Muthya said the MoU signed today underlined microsoft’s commitment to work with the Orissa government for accelerating the application of it in the governance process, effecting greater transparency and delivery of citizen centric services. The centre of excellence would showcase an array of microsoft products with other platforms. The centre would also facilitate the state government to conduct technical training sessions for the government personnel. The MoU also entailed the roll-out of the microsoft valuable project initiative for engineering students in the state, Muthya said adding microsoft also would advise the state government on various e-governance applications that were available at present and recommend the ones most suited for the government. Microsoft was also committed to facilitate the implementation of specific applications for the state government including a digital dashboard prototype application, Chief Minister’s information systems and Panchayatiraj and Rural Development applications, he said.