Microsoft launches 14 innovation centres in India

Microsoft is opening 14 new innovation centres at academic institutions across India this week that will be used to train students in using Microsoft technologies and aid local start-ups.

India will become home to 14 new Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) this week, the company announced on Friday.

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As well as certifying students on Microsoft tech, the centres will provide incubation and support for local start-ups and encourage developers to work on the company's research and software.

The MICs will be based at colleges and technology institutes across four Indian states, after Microsoft signed a series of memorandums of understanding with the organisations.

Microsoft said the MICs will focus on mobility (Windows Phone), cloud (Windows Azure), Kinect, accessibility, healthcare and other challenges specific to India. 

The 14 cities that will host the first MICs, opening this week, will be in: Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Bapatla, Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Trichy, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem in Tamil Nadu.

Microsoft said each MIC will work closely with five neighbouring academic institutions in the area. 

Microsoft is aiming to launch 100 MICs in India over the next two years, with a view to certifying 100,000 students in the company's technologies.