Malaysia beckons investment from India
Malaysia's Multimedia Development Corporation or MDeC will open its first representative office in Bangalore, India.
The Malaysian representative office in Bangalore will not only facilitate business and investment between India and Malaysia in the areas of information and communication technology (ICT), but will also be a resource point for Indian students interested in studying in Malaysia and vice-versa. The main industry areas in which MDeC will concentrate on in Bangalore and India are- creative multimedia e-learning content, outsourcing and shared services, hardware design, software development, support and services, and Internet-based businesses.
The opening of the Indian representative office in Bangalore is the first step in ushering Indian companies to be a part of Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Malaysia which is a Malaysian national initia-tive and acts as a strategic vehicle to achieve the country's goal to be a developed nation by the year 2020. MDeC will also look at expanding to other cities in India in days to come.
Intel to donate 10,000 PCs to India
Intel Corporation, the world's largest semiconductor company announced its plan to donate 10,000 full-function personal computers to state governments and teacher training institutes in India under its 'Intel Teach' programme.
Under the programme, the microprocessor giant will train one million teachers on the application of technology to improve classroom learning. While announcing the company's plan to expand its education and digital healthcare programmes in India, Craig Barrett, chairman, Intel said, “By 2008, Intel plans to donate 10,000 full-function PCs to state governments and teacher training institutions, as well as train one million teachers on the applica-tion of technology to improve class-room learning.” All donated PCs will be equipped with Internet connecti-vity, education content supported by the government, and software applications provided by Microsoft.
IBM technology may improve language skills
As Indian call centres have thrived in the past decade, helping U.S. companies cut costs and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, they have faced a seemingly insurmoun-table problem: Most Indian employees speak heavily accented English. Now IBM's India Research Lab says it has a way to help operators fix the harsh consonants, local idioms and occasionally different grammar of Indian English, often a source of frustration of those who call in search of tech support and other information.
IBM, which operates large call centres in India, has developed Web-based training that can help improve language skills.
Although the technology was developed for employees in India, it has broad applicability for others as well as in schools and businesses. The programme evaluates grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and other spoken-language skills, and provides detailed scores for each category. It uses specially adapted speech-recognition software to score the pronunciation of passages and the stressing of syllables for words.
The technology also consists of voice-enabled grammar evaluation tests, which identify areas for improvement by highlighting shortcomings and providing examples of correct pronunciation and grammar.
Infotech to have positive impact on growth
Around 88% of the Indian business leaders believe that increased use of information and communication technology (ICT) will be a major determinant in overcoming socio-economic disparities. This will advance growth in the next five years, according to a joint study by Accenture and Confederation of Indian Industry. The study is based on a wide ranging survey of over 200 Indian business leaders cross all major industries. The study stated that the catalytic impact of ICT would have multiplier growth opportunities across all industries. According to the study, 94% of the businessmen believe that the use of ICT has been a major reason for India's recent economic growth, while 87% believe that socio-economic disparity is the major obstacle in the growth of Indian economy. Indian business leaders believe that the next phase of ICT-led growth will come from three main sources