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Sun Microsystems rolls out matching grant programme for 2nd year

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Apr 26 (UNI) Sun Microsystems India today announced the roll out of education matching grant programme of providing a series of hardware, software and web based training material to educational institutions in the country.

In the inaugural year last year, Sun Microsystems had provided equipments worth Rs.four crores to 45 institutions spread across the country during a 70 day campaign to provide an impetus to the cause of education initiatives in India.

Mr Mohan Doss, Regional Director for Education and Research in Asia South for Sun Microsystems India announcing the second year's roll out told newsmen that the scheme would benefit an unlimited number of students benefit from Sun technology.

The Scheme was a coinvestment programme under which Sun donated equipment with a similar investment from the educational institution or partnering Aid organisation.

Mr Doss said the Scheme would help Indian student community emerge as skilled technical professionals, who contribute to the economy of the country. India was the only county in Asia South, including South East Asia, to have the scheme.

Sun Microsystems India Marketing Director K P Unnikrishnan said Sun was prepared to make a significant investment in academic and research lab environments.

He said the Matching Grant progamme complimented the existing Edusoft and Sun Academic initiative of the company. Select educational institutes have been provided with all software from Sun virtually at no cost for teaching purposes under Edusoft programme, while Sun Academic Initiative offered free access to course content on Java and Solaris.

He said more than 50 institutions were likely to benefit from the matching grant programme this year.


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