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Microsoft, Karnataka pact for e-governance portal

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As part of the agreement, Microsoft will provide technology to the Information Technology and Biotechnology Departments on the latest e-government framework based on its .NET technology.

BANGALORE, Nov. 13

MICROSOFT Corporation India today strengthened its relationship with the Karnataka Government by announcing two new initiatives to partner and collaborate in areas of education and citizen services.

Microsoft announced the launch of Smart School project and signed a MoU with the Karnataka Government to provide technology for BangaloreOne portal, a one-stop interface for citizens of Bangalore with the Government and semi-government organisations.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft will provide technology to the Information Technology and Biotechnology Departments on the latest e-government framework based on its .NET technology. Microsoft will also assist the Government in design, development and deployment of BangaloreOne.

Announcing the tie-up in the presence of Microsoft chairman Mr Bill Gates, the Chief Minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, said all services being rendered by the Government and semi-government organisations would be under one roof and under one dispensation `BangaloreOne', be it paying water or electricity bill. Mr Krishna also announced that the process of Karnataka becoming a zero piracy State, which was started in 2000, had been completed. "The Karnataka Government is a zero piracy organisation," he declared.

Complementing the Karnataka Government on becoming a zero piracy organisation, the Microsoft Chairman, Mr Bill Gates, said respect for intellectual property was an important element in driving the software sector in India, not only in services but also products.

Mr Gates said he and the Chief Minister had talked about extending the Smart School project to 1,000 schools in the State.

This initiative is modelled on its Connected Learning vision, which is aimed at building a digital learning community which facilitates more individualised and personalised learning, available any time, any place and on any device.

The schools will be set up in the divisions of Mandya, Chitradurga, Belgaum and Gulbarga on a pilot basis.

Microsoft will provide software solutions, teacher training and help develop IT curriculum for an education portal that will bring together school administrations, teachers, students, academicians and parents.

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