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"If you give a child a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach him fishing you feed him for a lifetime." - a Chinese proverb

This axiom is at the heart of IBM's Academic Initiative program objectives which aims at empowering students of today to face the challenges of the marketplace of tomorrow. The Academic initiative program facilitates a global model of partnership between industry and academia to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills - essentially "in demand skills for an on demand world."

In India, IBM Academic Initiative program runs projects such as Project INVITE ( partnering with IT progressive States that are rapidly adopting Information Technology to enhance E-Governance and Citizen Services), The Great Mind Challenge contest (promotes students from engineering colleges from across India to develop real life solutions, in a real life scenario using IBM open source software).

Further IBM assists the students not only to come across real time project scenarios but also helps them with free hands on training sessions in the technologies involved in making solutions for those projects, providing a ready list of e-mentors from IBM they can consult for their projects and free downloads of the software and e-books involved in making of their projects.

Effective use of this site ¨C You can use this home page to get the information you want. In case you are an aspiring student just go to the Students section page at the top; a faculty can reach out for the Faculty Corner section; to go through the various resources at the disposal of the Students and faculty refer to the "Downloads" section page; to know about IBM Academic Initiatives activities in news the "AI in News" would help. For all the respective programs run by the Academic Initiative there are banners placed on the right hand side panel which would take you to the respective program site with details. With all this under your belt the sky is the limit, go reach out and CONQUER......

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IBM Academic Initiative Team

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