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City will now become a home to Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC), first in Gujarat and among few in the country. MICs are the state-of-art technology facilities for collaboration on innovative research, technology or software solutions involving a combination of government, academic and industry participants. Aproposal to set up MIC at M.S Universitys faculty of science will be placed before MSUs syndicate members on Tuesday, 31st July. Sources suggest the centre will come up at Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) building of faculty of science. The primary focus of MIC is to support innovation at the grassroots level and undertake projects that have potential for local industry adoption, enhancing skills of students and in turn creating employment.
An MIC can choose to work on specific projects that could be based on student ideas or industry problems. Sources suggest that officials of Microsoft education initiative had approached MSU officials with the proposal. A group of trainers from Microsoft is expected to come at MSU soon to conducting workshop. They want MSU to involve industries in and around Vadodara to support the centers activities, said a source, adding that once functional, the biggest advantage of this center will be that Microsoft will provide licenced copies of their software free of charge to all staff and students of the university. As a first step before it signs a MoU, the university will have to go through a proof of concept stage for a period ranging from three to six months. During this stage, Microsoft would measure outcomes before it signs a MoU, which is valid for a period of one year and can be renewed every year based on performance track record of the center. Through MIC, Microsoft offers programmes like DreamSpark, faculty connection programme, imagine cup mentoring, Microsoft student partner, BizSpark programme and IT Academy. DreamSpark equips students with a friction free access to Microsofts developer and designer tools while the imagine cup programme involves students solving worlds toughest problems through a yearly world-wide competition helping students unleash their potential. Similarly, Biz-Spark is a global programme designed to help and accelerate the success of early stage startups. Suspension row: Varsity takes back six students: M.S University (MSU) vice chancellor Yogesh Singh on Monday, 30th July revoked suspension of six students, including four girls who were suspended last week in connection with vandalism at chief wardens’ office. The revocation came after holding several rounds of meetings between Singh and parents of the four girl students, who also submitted an unconditional apology and promised not to get involved in such acts. MSU has decided to keep these girl students under probation for a period of six months.
Courtesy: Times of India
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