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The world’s largest cloud-infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is placing a big bet on India’s new national education policy (NEP 2020) that puts technology front and centre of the schooling system. The Amazon subsidiary hopes to earn some brownie points—besides generating a new revenue stream—in return for helping the government in the early phases of implementing its school-digitisation strategy. 

To that end, AWS has partnered with a Delhi-based edtech startup, Eupheus Learning, for a pilot project in ~400 private educational institutions to set up “ NEP star schools NEP star schools Financial Express Eupheus Learning collaborates with AWS, launches NEP STAR School Read more ”. Also, the first cohort of AWS’s accelerator programme programme Financial Express Apeejay Education and AWS announce New Accelerator Program aligned to NEP 2020 Read more —which it runs in collaboration with Apeejay Education Group, to help edtechs implement the NEP—has already started. 

The efforts of AWS are not just limited to private players. The cloud major also supports Delhi University’s Samarth eGov initiative initiative Hindustan Times DU using our platform to enable the adoption of Samarth eGov across HEIs: AWS Read more . It hosts 40 software applications that offer academic, administrative, and student services to ~200 higher education institutions. It has processed ~7.6 million student-admission applications and records. Also, it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the MoE, in June, to impart cloud-tech skills to students in higher education.

Rival Microsoft did the same with the Indian government’s edtech initiative Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA). It is an app that offers learning material relevant to the prescribed school curriculum to teachers, students, and parents. When the ministry of education was eager for the platform to go live, the company grabbed the opportunity. However, over the years, the dependency on Microsoft Azure has created issues of its own. 

Skill Set

Microsoft had made swift gains in education and skilling. Apart from DIKSHA, which ~10 million students use, it tied up with the National Skill Development Corporation to digitally skill 100,000 youth.

Now with Microsoft’s tenure coming to an end, the ministry is already working on a new request for proposal, focused on a multi-cloud strategy, says a senior executive who works closely with India’s education ministry (MoE). 

“In terms of lobbying with the government, education is not as lucrative as telecom.

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Shruti is a Delhi-based reporter who looks at India's clean energy ecosystem through the lens of the intersection between businesses, policy and environment. She has previously worked with Reuters and Outlook Business.

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