February 2008

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Microsoft extends IPR scholarships to students across 11 Indian law schools

Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited has announced the awardees of the 'Microsoft Intellectual Property Scholar Programme', an initiative set up for capacity building and creating a pool of specialists in the area of IT and Intellectual Property.   The 33 recipients of the IPR scholarships were felicitated by Honorable Union Minister of Law and Justice, H R Bharadwaj; and Managing Director, Microsoft India, Neelam Dhawan. The amount of scholarship is INR 80,000 per student. The 11 colleges to which the winners belong are: Symbiosis Society's Law College in Pune, NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, Government Law College (GLC) which is part of the Mumbai University in Mumbai, Army Institute of Law in Mohali, Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) in Raipur, National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, University School of Law and Legal Studies, GGS Indraprastha University in New Delhi, National Law Institute University in Bhopal, ILS Law College in Pune, National Law University in Jodhpur and National Law School of India, University in Bangalore. The scholarships are awarded by experts from the law firm of Amarchand and Mangaldas, and the Legal and Corporate affairs team at Microsoft India on the basis of evaluation of students' research papers, on pre-approved topics related to IPR.

3iInfotech identified to provide G2C services

The State Government of Tamil Nadu has selected 3iInfotech to set up Common Service Centres (CSC) in all fives zones of the state to provide Internet facility and Government to Citizen services (G2C) services. After securing the order from Haryana Government to set up 322 CSCs in Gurgaon, 3i Infotech will set up more than 4,400 of the 5,440 CSCs in Tamil Nadu. Soon, the company will select service providers for Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, and Tiruvannamalai. These CSCs will serve as a single window for providing government services of Taluk Offices, Collectorates, Registration Department, Transport Department, Civil Supplies Department and Municipalities. The Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency will serve as a nodal agency for setting up of the CSCs to take forward the e-Governance initiative of the State Government. As per the proposal, the service providers will set up CSC in one out of every three villages. Other State governments prescribed one out of every six villages as the minimum requirement.

IBM to join hands with educational institutes  of India

IBM India is joining hands with several educational institutes of India to create 'Services Innovation Cell', and enable students to create a repository of knowledge base on innovation in the services sector.  IBM has joined hands with the Nirma Institute of Management, where the company has created a services innovation cell in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The centre is expected to take up challenging issues in the services sector, develop case studies and solutions in this sector. The company plans to set up similar innovation cells in institutes such as the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi, and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Intel joins Philippine Education Department in e-Learning project

Intel has joined hands with the Department of Education (DepED) for the implementation of e-Learning project, where students and teachers have their own computer.  Intel and DepED stated that the ratio of 1:1 e-Learning model is the optimal model for integrating technology into the curriculum of education. Intel is working with several governments around Asia-Pacific to enhance technology-based learning programmes under its global World Ahead Programme. Intel and DepEd are currently working with 10 school divisions, 13 public high schools and two public elementary schools to implement a 1:1 e-Learning model in the Philippines. Last June, Intel has donated 50 units of Intel powered classmate PCs to the Muntinlupa Elementary School.

Cisco plans research centre in Qatar

US networking giant Cisco said recently that it planning to establish a research and technology centre at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). The project was unveiled at a meeting between Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the Emir of Qatar, and Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers, currently on a tour of  the region. 
The announcement comes a day after the company unveiled a 5.8 billion-UAE dirham (USD 1.58 billion) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment package for the UAE. The Qatar centre will cost around USD 40 million, spread over three years, and will be used to work with the Qatar Foundation on projects to develop Qatar's knowledge economy. The first collaboration will be on Project iQ, which aims to create a collaborative platform that can be used by the Qatar Foundation to work with other organisations around the globe on research, education, health and youth employment initiatives.

Mobile education by Tata Indicom in India

Tata Tele-services is planning to start a new initiative, called Mobile education (m-Education) to enhance distance learning and support learning in rural communities, and for the physically challenged in India.  In order to promote education in the remotest corner of the country, the company has partnered with SNDT Women's University, ATOM Tech (Any Transaction on Mobile), and Indian PCO Teleservices (IPTL). In this alliance, SNDT University will develop and manage content, Tata Indicom on its service channels will be the carrier, ATOM will provide the intermediary interfaces, and IPTL will look after service distribution and dissemination system. Users can use the features like voice and text messages on their mobile phones to receive educational content and take mock tests on the move.
The m-Education will offer contemporary content to students and do away with the need to visit physical schools and colleges, thus bridging the physical distances using CDMA technology. Initially, the m-Education service will be available in Hindi and English language. However, the alliance plans to make the service available  in other regional languages later.

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