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Roshan Farhan

Hails from Guwahati and he did his schooling from Don Bosco School Guwahati and then attended Cotton College for his higher secondary education before going onto to pursue engineering studies from NIT Silchar. He is the grandson of Justice Baharul Islam, who was an MP to the Rajya Sabha, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

In a very significant event related to the development of education, science and technology in the state of Assam, IT giant Microsoft signed a MoU for the "Partners in Learning" Program with the Government of Assam under the Assam Sarbha Siksha Abhijan Mission on June 13th 2012. Assam became the first ever state in NE India to be a part of this path breaking program to propagate technology for the greater good and act as catalyst towards engaging the general public with technology through Microsoft.

PiL, introduced in 2008, is a global Microsoft program that helps in providing teachers with tools aimed at enhancing their IT skills and the integration of ICT into teaching and learning in a meaningful way. In India, 708,017 government school teachers have been successfully trained under the program in 17 states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.

Being the lone Microsoft Student Partner for the entire North East India region, Roshan took great interest in spreading the network of Microsoft in different verticals for the betterment of common people particularly for the student fraternity of Assam as well as North East India in general.

Microsoft selects top young minds with outstanding leadership abilities from around the world as Microsoft Student Partners who are passionate about technology, marketing, entrepreneurship and genuinely seek to make a positive impact on society.

As a Microsoft Student Partner, a student leader is challenged to use his/her enthusiasm and knowledge to lead the technology discussion on their respective campuses. They will demonstrate the latest technologies, host events and symposiums, and connect with students and faculty to inspire them to create what's next.

As a Microsoft Student Partner, they will not only get access to Microsoft professional-grade development and design software, training and swag but it will also help inculcate skills, connections and portfolio that can build oneself from being just a student to a future leader and entrepreneur. They will get the all the detailed knowledge to all the latest products and job opportunities available in Microsoft. It provides them with a platform to connect with thousands of students and technology enthusiasts across the world and help spread technology for the greater good.

 

 

DreamSpark is a Microsoft flagship program through which it provides students with software design and development tools at no charge at all. The program was originally available for university/college students in Belarus, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the U.K. and the U.S. but has now been expanded to more than 80 countries and is offered to many high school and college students.

The DreamSpark program was announced by Bill Gates on February 19, 2008 during a speech at Stanford University. It is estimated that up to 35 million students will be able to access these software titles free of charge through this program.

The list of Software that will be available at free of cost include: Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0, a 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club, Expression Studio, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, and Windows Server Standard Edition.

Empowered as a Microsoft Student Partner, Roshan took active part in organizing a DreamSpark Yatra for the students of North East India at Silchar, Assam. With his excellent event management skills showcased during his stint as General Secretary of Computer Science Student's Body NIT Silchar, he worked hard towards reaching out to students from different colleges like IIM Shillong, IIT Guwahati, NEHU Shillong, Tezpur University, NIT Silchar, Assam University, GC College, Silchar Polytechnic and other premier colleges of the region. Roshan contacted a lot of media companies from print media to digital media to spread awareness regarding the first ever DSY happening in North East India.

With a firm belief to spread the awareness related to this ambitious program among the student fraternity, Roshan took a major step of contacting the college administration with a request to postpone the classes as well as exams scheduled for that day so that the students could attend the DSY. With a lot of effort, Roshan was able to convince the college administration to and understand the importance and significance of the DSY and they even agreed to comply with his request. He took care of every small detail to make sure that the stages, sound system, sitting arrangements for the participating students are well in order on the day of the DSY to make it an event to remember for all.

However despite Roshan's best efforts, like many such great events of the past, the DSY faced an unlikely turn of events, due to which the event could not be conducted on that day and was cancelled. Due to bad weather conditions, the flights of the 4 speakers scheduled for the DSY were unable to land in Silchar and after a prolonged wait the event had to be finally cancelled, dashing the hopes and expectations of so many students who had turned out and also many more students across India who had lent in their support and best wishes.

The infrastructure, manpower, audience, logistics and everything were all in place except for that one bit where the weather played spoilsport and the speakers were unable to make it.

Given the great effort put in by Roshan, it could have been a shattering experience for him. But he went on even further after this temporary setback to help engage Microsoft India with the Dept. of Education, Govt. of Assam so that Microsoft initiatives could be implemented in Assam, most notably the recently implemented "Partners in Learning" flagship program. What is noteworthy was that he singlehandedly succeeded in finally engaging Microsoft with the NE India region, which is a very positive step forward.

Notably, Roshan has also established and headed North East India's first AIESEC chapter at NIT Silchar in January 2011. AIESEC is the world's largest student organization present in over 110 countries with over 60,000 members producing exemplary young leaders who go on to become future world leaders in various spheres. AIESEC NIT Silchar as progressed tremendously as of now, on all fronts, winning a National AIESEC award in its very first year of establishment.

But living true to the motto of Microsoft "Your Potential. Our Passion", Roshan is keeping himself busy with the spreading of awareness related to Microsoft programs and helping engage Microsoft proactively with North East India's student fraternity with zealous passion as a true Microsoft Student Partner.

Hails from Guwahati and he did his schooling from Don Bosco School Guwahati and then attended Cotton College for his higher secondary education before going onto to pursue engineering studies from NIT Silchar. He is the grandson of Justice Baharul Islam, who was an MP to the Rajya Sabha, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

In a very significant event related to the development of education, science and technology in the state of Assam, IT giant Microsoft signed a MoU for the "Partners in Learning" Program with the Government of Assam under the Assam Sarbha Siksha Abhijan Mission on June 13th 2012. Assam became the first ever state in NE India to be a part of this path breaking program to propagate technology for the greater good and act as catalyst towards engaging the general public with technology through Microsoft.

PiL, introduced in 2008, is a global Microsoft program that helps in providing teachers with tools aimed at enhancing their IT skills and the integration of ICT into teaching and learning in a meaningful way. In India, 708,017 government school teachers have been successfully trained under the program in 17 states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.

Being the lone Microsoft Student Partner for the entire North East India region, Roshan took great interest in spreading the network of Microsoft in different verticals for the betterment of common people particularly for the student fraternity of Assam as well as North East India in general.

Microsoft selects top young minds with outstanding leadership abilities from around the world as Microsoft Student Partners who are passionate about technology, marketing, entrepreneurship and genuinely seek to make a positive impact on society.

As a Microsoft Student Partner, a student leader is challenged to use his/her enthusiasm and knowledge to lead the technology discussion on their respective campuses. They will demonstrate the latest technologies, host events and symposiums, and connect with students and faculty to inspire them to create what's next.

As a Microsoft Student Partner, they will not only get access to Microsoft professional-grade development and design software, training and swag but it will also help inculcate skills, connections and portfolio that can build oneself from being just a student to a future leader and entrepreneur. They will get the all the detailed knowledge to all the latest products and job opportunities available in Microsoft. It provides them with a platform to connect with thousands of students and technology enthusiasts across the world and help spread technology for the greater good.

 

 

DreamSpark is a Microsoft flagship program through which it provides students with software design and development tools at no charge at all. The program was originally available for university/college students in Belarus, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the U.K. and the U.S. but has now been expanded to more than 80 countries and is offered to many high school and college students.

The DreamSpark program was announced by Bill Gates on February 19, 2008 during a speech at Stanford University. It is estimated that up to 35 million students will be able to access these software titles free of charge through this program.

The list of Software that will be available at free of cost include: Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0, a 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club, Expression Studio, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, and Windows Server Standard Edition.

Empowered as a Microsoft Student Partner, Roshan took active part in organizing a DreamSpark Yatra for the students of North East India at Silchar, Assam. With his excellent event management skills showcased during his stint as General Secretary of Computer Science Student's Body NIT Silchar, he worked hard towards reaching out to students from different colleges like IIM Shillong, IIT Guwahati, NEHU Shillong, Tezpur University, NIT Silchar, Assam University, GC College, Silchar Polytechnic and other premier colleges of the region. Roshan contacted a lot of media companies from print media to digital media to spread awareness regarding the first ever DSY happening in North East India.

With a firm belief to spread the awareness related to this ambitious program among the student fraternity, Roshan took a major step of contacting the college administration with a request to postpone the classes as well as exams scheduled for that day so that the students could attend the DSY. With a lot of effort, Roshan was able to convince the college administration to and understand the importance and significance of the DSY and they even agreed to comply with his request. He took care of every small detail to make sure that the stages, sound system, sitting arrangements for the participating students are well in order on the day of the DSY to make it an event to remember for all.

However despite Roshan's best efforts, like many such great events of the past, the DSY faced an unlikely turn of events, due to which the event could not be conducted on that day and was cancelled. Due to bad weather conditions, the flights of the 4 speakers scheduled for the DSY were unable to land in Silchar and after a prolonged wait the event had to be finally cancelled, dashing the hopes and expectations of so many students who had turned out and also many more students across India who had lent in their support and best wishes.

The infrastructure, manpower, audience, logistics and everything were all in place except for that one bit where the weather played spoilsport and the speakers were unable to make it.

Given the great effort put in by Roshan, it could have been a shattering experience for him. But he went on even further after this temporary setback to help engage Microsoft India with the Dept. of Education, Govt. of Assam so that Microsoft initiatives could be implemented in Assam, most notably the recently implemented "Partners in Learning" flagship program. What is noteworthy was that he singlehandedly succeeded in finally engaging Microsoft with the NE India region, which is a very positive step forward.

Notably, Roshan has also established and headed North East India's first AIESEC chapter at NIT Silchar in January 2011. AIESEC is the world's largest student organization present in over 110 countries with over 60,000 members producing exemplary young leaders who go on to become future world leaders in various spheres. AIESEC NIT Silchar as progressed tremendously as of now, on all fronts, winning a National AIESEC award in its very first year of establishment.

But living true to the motto of Microsoft "Your Potential. Our Passion", Roshan is keeping himself busy with the spreading of awareness related to Microsoft programs and helping engage Microsoft proactively with North East India's student fraternity with zealous passion as a true Microsoft Student Partner.

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