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Microsoft grants Rs 8 cr to NGOs for skill enhancement

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Bangalore, Apr 27 (UNI) Microsoft India today announced a cash and software grant of Rs eight crore to four Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) under its 'Unlimited Potential: Project Jyoti.' The grants had been awarded to Development Alternatives, Drishtee Foundation, Grameen Sanchar Society (GRASSO) and Indian Society for Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), according to a Microsoft release here.

Microsoft had so far provided cash and software grants worth Rs 27 crore to nine NGOs.

The fresh grants would benefit people in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Haryana, West Bengal and Maharashtra. In all projects had been taken up in 16 states and Union Territories ever since Project Jyoti was launched in August 2004.

Development Alternatives would use the grant for supporting 60 TARA kendras (training centers) to provide training to 90 women Master trainers and 3,500 community members across Bundelkhand and Punjab, while Drishtee Foundation would direct the grant to train 1,400 women in IT skills over the next one year as well as provide specialised IT skills training to 350 women, enabling them to establish themselves as successful kiosk owners.

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