April 07, 2020
New Delhi – The current lockdown globally due to the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many schools transitioning to videoconferencing. In India, the transition has been challenging for multiple reasons, including cost, resulting in millions of students across the country not being able to continue their education.
To address this problem, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is partnering with Zoom Video Communications to provide free access to video technologies for K-12 education institutions in India.
USISPF and Zoom will work with the Government of India, state governments, and non-profit organizations in education to ensure that the maximum number of school going children are able to access Zoom’s technologies free of cost and continue their education virtually at an extremely challenging time.
Speaking about the partnership, USISPF President Mukesh Aghi said, “American companies are continuing to step up in all ways possible to help citizens of India during these extraordinary circumstances. The partnership is a win-win between American industry’s technological capabilities and the urgent need to solve the education challenges that India’s students face during this health crisis.”
CIO of Zoom Video Communications, Sunil Madan said, “With millions of children in India out of school right now, the partnership with USISPF will help us accelerate vital support to students, families and schools during these extremely challenging circumstances.”
For more information on how Zoom is providing free licenses for K-12 schools impacted by the Coronavirus, click here. Here is a support article detailing who is eligible and how schools can request to be added to the list. Zoom training resources focused on COVID-19, daily live webinars, how to work from home, how to keep your classrooms secure are available here .
About US-India Strategic Partnership Forum:
The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. Promoting bilateral trade is an important part of our work, but our mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens.