Need reinforced to integrate academia and IT industry

Chitra Sood

ACADEMIA Accelerator aims to provide insights to students about important technology trends and practices and also adding the layer of cutting-edge industry know-how to the existing Computer Science curriculum, thereby”, said Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Ltd.

The success of this programme is a testament to the great engineering talent we have in India. We have seen significant uptake for the Academia Accelerator programme in the last five years as students recognize the importance of understanding technology trends and undergoing practical training sessions during their formative years,” he added.

Microsoft India recently hosted AXLE 2018, a Microsoft and academia collaboration showcase. For the past five years, Microsoft has been working closely with the students and faculty of some of India’s top colleges through the Microsoft Academia Accelerator programme. This day-long celebration of the achievements of the academic year presented an interesting line up of speaker sessions and panel discussions from Microsoft and faculty. It also showcased 16 top engineering projects from across campus hackathons conducted over the year.

Academia Accelerator is one of Microsoft’s most comprehensive campus engagement programmes aimed at building a deep, long-term association between industry and academia in India and reiterates the company’s mission to enable people to realise their full potential. Students displayed solutions based on popular technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality at the showcase held at Microsoft campus in Hyderabad. Learning, accessibility, and road safety were amongst some of the favored themes which were showcased. The shortlist of projects was a result of a yearlong engagement where more than 2000+ students participated across 16 colleges and built over 350 projects.

Building on the close association during the year, faculty and senior leadership of Microsoft came together to discuss topics such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and most importantly, the need for the IT industry and academia to work together to fuel innovation.

As with every year, the programme stressed the concepts of teamwork and collaboration as well as the multi-disciplinary focus that took students beyond pure technology or code into other equally important determinants of success, such as user experience, design, customer value propositions.

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