All India council of technical education and Microsoft have collaborated to take the step of hosting the live@edu.It is a social media tool or the social networking site . It will offer the services including e-mail, instant messaging ,Microsoft office web apps,10 GB inbox for 7.5 million engineering students and 5 lakhs faculty members spread over 10,000 technical institutes across the nation. It will also comprise of additional file storage of 25 GB, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat and mobile email.
Human resources development minister kapil sibal said that it is era of collaboration and we hope empower 7.5 million students and 5 lakhs teachers with this use of technology as Live@edu is the first project of its kind.
More than 10,000 schools in over 130 countries have enroll for live@edu.This project will go live within the 3 months and also will use the cloud computing for the wider accessibility to the higher technical education. It will act as both a social networking site while being the platform for interaction regarding their researchers on the portal and application for the educational needs. It is also the platform for providing solution for the better communication and collaboration between the institutes and the students.
This service is being provided by the Microsoft for free and since cloud computing is inexpensive and simple, it removes the need to spend time and money on installing software and managing servers. AICTE chairman S S Mantha said that this site will prove to be helpful for the students as it will contain the research work of every student on the portal for exchanging ideas.