• Microsoft + Academia

    A program aimed at building a deep long-term association between Microsoft and the academia. Microsoft collaborates with the faculty and students of leading engineering colleges and business schools in India to foster the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among students and help faculty in curriculum development and delivery. Our aim is to add a layer of cutting-edge industry knowhow on top of the existing Computer Science curriculum being taught in top schools of India. This helps expose students to important tech trends and practices, equips them with vital skills and experiences that enrich their careers and fuel innovation and impact from India.

  • Fostering student innovation and entrepreneurship

    We do this through:
    - Tech boot camps, tech talks
    - Tech challenges for students called codefundo++
    - Leadership talks and focused mentoring for B-School students

  • Supporting CS faculty in curriculum development and delivery

    We do this through:
    - Delivering guest lectures/ workshops on tech topics
    - Helping designing and review CS curriculum
    - Signing up as adjunct faculty
    - Partnering with faculty in mentoring student projects

Program Team

Chitra Sood

Chitra Sood heads the Biz Management function at MSIDC and the Cloud & Enterprise division. Chitra assists the organization’s leadership team to deliver against its operational and organizational priorities. She has been part of MSIDC since its inception in 1998 and has headed a variety of support functions across the organization. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chitra was the Head of the Hutchison Max Paging operations in Hyderabad. Chitra is a CA/CS and also holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School.

Debjani Mukherji

Debjani Mukherji drives Microsoft India (R&D)’s engagement and outreach with top engineering colleges and business schools of India and is the program manager for Microsoft Academia Accelerator. She also works closely with interns and new campus hires who join Microsoft, focusing on their training and mentoring needs. Debjani has extensive experience in technology brand marketing, having held roles across communications, PR and social media marketing. She has also worked with tech startups during her stint with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator. Debjani started her career as a business journalist after completing her Masters in Economics from Calcutta University. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read, and spend time with her family and pets.

Dipti Madnani

Dipti is Program Manager on the Microsoft IDC Business Management Team. She has been supporting the Microsoft Academia Accelerator program since joining Microsoft in 2017. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dipti has held Associate Director positions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was responsible for running the Academic Operations of the GSB, and the Executive MBA Program team at Babson College, where she was Program Manager for the Fast Track MBA Program. Dipti holds a Business Management degree from Mumbai, and a Masters degree from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. She has lived and worked in India, Italy and the US, and has thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with diverse international teams. In her spare time, Dipti enjoys traveling, playing the piano, and listening to music.

Vijay Vavilala

Vijay, Executive Business Administrator and Program Coordinator has been with MSIDC since 2003. Prior to joining Microsoft, Vijay worked with the Administrative Staff College of India and Blom UAE. Vijay has degrees in Commerce & Law. In his free time Vijay loves listening to music and playing chess.