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Microsoft & Autodesk joins hands with AICTE

by sunithbabu on October 15, 2010

Update: AICTE Autodesk Login Portal :

Faculty Coordinator Autodesk Education Program

Autodesk software will be available for download via the AICTE e-Governance Portal (, which is a high-speed Internet portal that makes it much faster to download free, legal software, even in rural areas. The discipline-specific education software suites will include flagship products AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Alias, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya, as well as many other Autodesk software products.”

Software major Microsoft and design software maker Autodesk Friday signed an agreement with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to provide free software to over 10,000 engineering and architectural institutes in the country.

Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager, Microsoft India said that this will provide access to software to millions of students who design projects as part of their curricula and otherwise. The softwares like Window phone, visual Studio, Explorer-9 will be freely available via the AICTE website.

Joe Astroth, chief education officer of Autodesk, US said that this is an investment they are making to expand their reach in the country. “This will benefit over 10,000 institutes in India to design several models ranging from automobiles to 3-D animation. It will also expand our business in India in future.& rdquo;

AICTE chairman S.S. Mantha said the softwares will be readily available to institutes from Friday onwards but students can access them individually within two months.

The step will benefit nearly 50 lakh students and over 3 lakh faculty all over the country as unique ID and passwords will be provided to them, enabling free download of the softwares.

‘We have already provided unique IDs to institutes under AICTE and now are in the process of providing unique ID to students and faculty,’ Mantha said.

Sibal said the step will be more beneficial for the faculty than the students.

‘Teachers are the most important target audience. We have a faculty shortage,’ he said.

Giving a brief on the upcoming initiatives, Mantha said more such proposals were being worked on with IT majors like IBM and Oracle.

Its time now to see the Indian talent out to the world through this softwares :-)

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  • sachin

    Really a great news for students in India, nice to see the initiative of Autodesk to provide unique ids and passwords to download software.
    Are they providing Inventor?
    In past we use to see Autodesk announcing free licence copies for students. But many time no ‘India’ in country options or no mail ids provided by universities in India for students.
    Also, few days back I saw poll on some CAD site in India, where it was asked about which CAD package engineering students use for project work — many hits on free AutoCAD clone packages! many options!
    I think its good news for students and employers can now get young talent to work on latest Autodesk packages.

    Sachin Nalawade

  • Anonymous

    Yes, its autodesk student community site that will be made accessible . .

    Good for Students, but the download is something that needs to be answered


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