Free software hard disks comprising more than 350 software programmes of Microsoft have been provided to colleges, from where students can copy and install them in their personal computers. Independent activation keys were also being made available to the students and teachers.
The software includes operating systems, multimedia, server, database and all that are used in business, academic sectors and daily operations.
Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, country manager, Microsoft, said they had targeted to provide free software to 3,000 students by the end of 2008 while the software will be available to maximum number of colleges and more than 30,000 students of the country within 2009.
"It is an initiative to make professional computing programmes accessible to as many students as possible for their professional and personal development," Tuladhar said, adding, "The free access is a way to provide the advantages of science and technology to a maximum number of people, which will help in changing their life style." However, the software will only be available to faculties and students only after the colleges register for complimentary service with Microsoft Nepal.