Microsoft & Autodesk joins hands with AICTE
Update: AICTE Autodesk Login Portal :
Faculty Coordinator Autodesk Education Program
“Autodesk software will be available for download via the AICTE e-Governance Portal (http://www.aicte-india.org/bfreedownloadsadesk.html), 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