The Center of Excellence on IoT and AI at the Andhra University Campus, Visakhapatnam, aims at promoting innovation in emerging technologies.
The 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, has inaugurated the Center of Excellence on IoT and AI at Andhra University Campus, Visakhapatnam, aimed at promoting innovation in emerging technologies of Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics, among others.
The center was inaugurated by Sri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology, and Sri. Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Information Technology and Skill Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in the presence of Sri. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, IAS, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India; Sri P. V. G. D. Prasad Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University: and Smt. G. Jayalakshmi, IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The new center advances Prime Minister Shri Modi’s Digital India vision by providing open labs and infrastructure to create and validate solutions from design to prototype to democratize 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 center 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.
The Centre of Excellence of IoT and AI is a step towards solving real-world challenges and creating an impact. It is designed to be a catalyst that will help the industry embrace technology and become globally competitive. The center will focus on harnessing the power of AI and the IoT to bring unprecedented opportunities for industry, start-ups, and academia.
Sri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology addressed the ceremony virtually from New Delhi. In his address, the Minister termed year 2021 as an inflection point.
“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,” he said.
Speaking on Emerging technologies, the Minister termed that India’s journey over the next 25 years shall be shaped by digital and emerging technologies. “Technologies like IoT and 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 centers of energy, dynamism, entrepreneurship, and technology in the coming years,” he said.
The Minister appreciated the collaborative approach that has been followed in setting up of this CoE by the GoI, GoAP, the industry, and academia. He said such collaborations among all stakeholders shall bring in the right synergy to realize the opportunity that is offered by the post-COVID-19 world order. The world is now looking towards India as a reliable and trusted supply chain partner, and that $1 trillion digital economy target is real and achievable.
Sri. Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Information Technology and Skill Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh, said, “We‘re going to be creating the Andhra Pradesh government in itself as an incubation hub. We have nine technologies, what we have said are going to be the sunrise technologies for world events. One is AI and machine learning, second is robotic process automation, third is edge computing, which is an extension to cloud computing, fourth is quantum computing, the fifth is virtual reality and augmented reality, sixth is blockchain, seventh is IoT, eighth is 5G, and ninth is cybersecurity. If I can be a world-class leader in any of these nine technologies, then we’re talking about a trillion-dollar economy coming to the shores of Andhra Pradesh.”
“The COEs, the Center of Excellence have become almost a melting point that beautifully connects the different ecosystems to understand the big problems that technology can solve, brainstorms the best use technology to address these challenges or problems, and jointly co-create solutions,” said Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM. “A fantastic example was that during the pandemic, we realized that in order for us to successfully deliver remote healthcare to the last mile, to every single citizen in India, we needed solutions that would work in places that were very limited in resources like low-bandwidth, no power connectivity etc. and very quickly DBT, MeitY, NASSCOM, got together to bring together healthcare professions to bring together startups, to bring together tech industries and figure out ways that we could address this critical issue of ensuring that every Indian could have access to healthcare no matter where they were.”