National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), in a joint partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Government of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Centre of Excellence on IoT and AI’ at Andhra University Campus, Visakhapatnam.
It is aimed at promoting innovation in emerging technologies of IoT, AI, robotics, etc.
The centre was inaugurated by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology and Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Information Technology and Skill Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Ajay Prakash Sawhney, IAS, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India, P. V. G. D. Prasad Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University & G. Jayalakshmi, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C, Government of Andhra Pradesh were also present there.
The new centre advances Prime Minister Modi's Digital India vision by providing open labs and infrastructure to create and validate solutions from design to prototype to democratise innovation.
It also promotes entrepreneurship by providing an incubation facility for peer-to-peer learning and the benefit of an industrial environment.
Start-ups in the state are also expected to benefit through the launch of the new centre with newer opportunities in areas of their development, mentorship, funding, and the adoption of their solutions in the industry. The COE is currently working with enterprises interested in collaborating with start-ups for newer innovative solutions.
It is designed to be a catalyst that will help the industry embrace technology and become globally competitive. The centre will focus on harnessing the power of Artificial intelligence and the Internet of things to bring unprecedented opportunities for Industry, Start-ups, and Academia.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology said, “The year 2021 will go down in the history of India as the year when India, under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, demonstrated unrivalled resilience, capability & capacity in taking on the Covid Pandemic & emerge as a stronger and a confident Nation.”
“Technologies like IoT, technologies like AI are going to deeply shape the future of technology landscape and the economy in general. It is absolutely essential that the Center of Excellence becomes not just academic extensions of university, but they become living, breathing, growing centres of energy, dynamism, entrepreneurship, and technology in the coming years.” he added.
The Minister appreciated the collaborative approach that has been followed in setting up of this CoE by the GoI, GoAP, Industry and academia.
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