Microsoft To Set up AI Digital Labs in Association With 10 Universities
Microsoft has announced the
launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Digital Labs to be set up in association
with 10 leading universities in India. The institutions are BITS Pilani, BML
Munjal University, ISB, Kalpataru Institute of Technology, KL University,
Periyar University, Karunya University, SRM Institute of Science &
Technology, SVKM (NMIMS) and Trident Academy of Technology. With the edge of
the Intelligent Cloud Hub program, these institutions will emerge as learning
centers of intelligent technologies and innovation hubs of path-breaking
As part of the three-year program, Microsoft will support the selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum and content, access to cloud and AI services as well as developer support. The company will facilitate setting up of core AI infrastructure and IoT Hub as well as provide access to a wide range of AI developmental tools and Azure AI Services such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning and Bot Services. Training programs for faculty will include workshops on cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT. Additionally, the faculty of the institutions will receive assistance in strategizing content and curricula for project-based and experiential learning.
Even as huge job and business opportunities are thrown up with the advent of AI, the corporate sector would not be able to take up projects without people having sufficient AI domain knowledge and skills. The Microsoft initiative is expected to fill this skills gap and enable higher educational institutions to continue training in futuristic technologies.
From left to right: Dr. Nandeeshaiah, Principal, Kalpataru Institute of Technology; Dr. R.N. Satpathy, Executive Director, Trident Academy of Technology; Dr. Joyjit Roy Ghatak Choudhury, Director- Information Technology & Knowledge Management, SRM Institute of Science and Technology; Krishnan Subramanian, Director, Digital Learning, BITS Pilani; Dr. Manoj K. Arora, Vice-Chancellor, BML Munjal University; Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India; Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Karunya University; Abhay Karhade, Advisor to President, SVKM & Chancellor NMIMS University for IT Services; Dr. Hari Kiran Vege, Head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and Associate Dean Academics, KL University and Dr. V. Natarajan Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Periyar University