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Welcome .SHIKSHA! The new Internet domain for Indian education is now available

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced April 17, 2014, as the general availability launch date of the top-level domain designed specifically for education in India: .SHIKSHA.

Indians worldwide are familiar with the Sanskrit-derived word “shiksha,” which stands for education, exchange of knowledge, teaching, learning and the path to self-improvement. Shiksha is a heritage and part of every Indian’s consciousness.

An address in the new .SHIKSHA domain will identify your organization as one that is associated with learning, education and continuous betterment through knowledge.

.SHIKSHA bridges the gap between traditional learning and the Internet. The .SHIKSHA domain is a perfect choice for websites of both traditional and online schools, public and private schools, and educational or training services of all kinds. Websites and email addresses that use .SHIKSHA say “education” and “Indian” instantly, making you easier to find in the confusion of other Internet addresses.

It’s also the best domain for tutors, coaches, trainers, vocational training institutes, test preparation services and guides, and those who serve these business segments (for example, textbooks.SHIKSHA). In short, a .SHIKSHA domain supports the online activities of any organization that assists people of all ages to learn, grow and transform.

“Given the desire for education and self-improvement among Indians everywhere, we wanted to find a way to make these services easier to find on the Internet,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO, Afilias. “The .SHIKSHA domain encompasses education, classes, lessons and learning, and is the perfect way to help educational services stand out from the crowd. It’s your guide to all education-related activities online.”

.SHIKSHA domains can be registered for up to 10 years at a time. Many registrars offer site building, email and other services along with .SHIKSHA domains to make your online presence work exactly as you envision it!

The .SHIKSHA general availability period opens at 16:00:00 UTC on April 17, 2014. You can learn more and find a registrar for your .SHIKSHA domain at http://get.shiksha.

And join .SHIKSHA on social media:

Twitter: @dotSHIKSHA

Facebook: dotSHIKSHA

About Afilias

Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry servicesManaged DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®. For more information on Afilias services, visit www.afilias.info.

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