Microsoft Announces New Programme to Build AI-ready Workforce in India


Microsoft will equip selected research and higher education institutions with AI infrastructure, and build curriculum and faculty capability to skill students in AI and cloud technologies.

Microsoft has announced a three-year “Intelligent Cloud Hub” programme in India to skill students in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud technologies.


India is the first country to have such a programme. As part of the programme, Microsoft will support selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, onsite training for faculty and students, curriculum and content, access for participating students to cloud and AI services, developmental tools and developer support.

Besides setting up the core AI infrastructure and an Internet of Things (IoT) Hub for all selected campuses, the company will also offer a wide range of AI developmental tools and Azure AI Services such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning and Bot Services.

Development workshops will be organised to help both the faculty and students build their skills and expertise in cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT.  In addition, Microsoft says, it will assist faculty in strategizing content and curricula for project-based and experiential learning.

For research focused institutions, Microsoft will be providing AI-based recommendations for potential areas of research under this programme.

Moreover, an in-campus Cloud Software Research Associate will be provided throughout the duration of the programme.

Need for AI and Cloud technologies

“Jobs of tomorrow will require a very different set of skills, and collaborating, training and working with AI will be as important as collaborating with people. It is now more critical than ever for education institutions to integrate new cloud and AI technologies,” said Manish Prakash, Country General Manager-PS, Health and Education, Microsoft India.

“The Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub Programme aims to catalyse this with technology insights, cognitive skills, and a practical, in-depth understanding of developing intelligent connected solutions for application across industry and citizenship scenarios,” he added.

The company aims to make participating universities and institutions Intelligent Cloud Hubs at the end of the first three years.

As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will also help participating institutions in branding and to garner recognition through national showcase of selected projects.

In April this year, the company announced the Microsoft Professional Programme (MPP) for the public. The programme provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to engineers and others who are looking to improve their skills in AI and data science through a series of online courses.