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Microsoft partners UP to increase IT penetration

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Lucknow, Apr 1 (UNI) Global IT major Miscrosoft Corporation today announced a multi-dimensional partnership with the Uttar Pradesh government to help accelerate IT usage in the state.

The strategic areas identified for the partnership include joint efforts for delivering affordable personal computer (PC) options, ushering in e-governance, accelerating IT literacy and enabling access to technology in UP rural areas.

To mark the occasion, UP Development Council (UPDC) chairperson and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh also inaugurated 'UP IT Expo Infocom 2K6' here -- touted as the first such event in the state.

Under the pact titled 'Gyan Jyoti', Microsoft and leading chip maker Intel will make available quality PC for first time users at a monthly installment of Rs 425 for state government employees. The PC will also have Hindi interface.

Microsoft, Country Head - Public Sector, Rohit Kumar said it was the first of its kind collaboration with any state government in the country.

These low-cost PC combos can be purchased from any of the authorised dealer outlets of HCL and Sahara across 15 UP districts.

''These compact PCs are loaded with multilingual Windows XP Starter Edition, which is a special version of Microsoft Windows built exclusively for India,'' he informed.

Similarly, Microsoft has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UP government to facilitate implementation of state e-governance roadmap for offerring citizen-centric services.

The IT giant will also provide e-training to 3,000 UP government teachers to benefit an estimated 4.5 lakh students under the 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' over the three years' MoU period.

Intel, Director, South Asia, Customer Solutions Group, said digital inclusion of the people would go a long way in making the Indian economy and democracy more robust and vibrant.

''Intel and Miscrosoft have forged affordibility alliances to bridge the digital divide in India. We aim to bring the ecosystem partners together to create affordable computing solutions.

R Chandrashekhar, joint secretary, IT, government of India, said the information technology had become the focal point of the central government agenda, as well as the various state governments irrespective of the political party in power.

Major international and national IT firms are participating in the three-day Expo.

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