Jayaram College of Engineering and Technology at Pagalavadi near Thuraiyur in Tiruchi district celebrated the privilege of having a Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) on its campus on Wednesday.

The MIC was launched by Microsoft’s Country Head Joseph Landes. The College Chairman M.Subramanian exchanged MoU documents with Mr.Landes in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, P.Kaliraj. The MoU signifies Microsoft’s rating of the college as a primary institution among self-financing colleges in the country. The rating followed development of 108 ‘Windows 8’ applications by staff and students and their active participation in all contests hosted by Microsoft Corporation. They participated in the windows store as part of Windows Apps Fest Guinness Record. The MIC at the college will be among 92 such centres worldwide, facilitating collaboration on IT-based research and development, product development and management, technology advancement, professional training, industry partnerships, placement opportunities, skill management, knowledge transfer, and strong industry-institute interactions. The College, according to the Principal, N.Kannan, will get all the resources from Microsoft campus in Hyderabad, for vibrant functioning of the MIC. The MoU ceremony in Chennai was telecast to jubilant staff and students in the college through video-conferencing. Mr.Landes appreciated their efforts for getting the MIC started on the campus.

Prof.Kalidas said that Central and State governments were keen to promote research and innovation on campuses right from undergraduate level.