IIT Kharagpur boost to AI


The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP), is setting up a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence Research that will cover education, training, research, projects, incubation and entrepreneurship in AI and related domains. The centre will be seed funded by Capillary Technologies Limited, for an amount Rs 5.64 crore for setting up computing infrastructure, hardware simulation platforms, software and designing the coursework.

“IIT KGP has developed a deep expertise in the overall area of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sciences and its applications in several critical domains over a long period of time, among others. It is time that we lead this initiative in AI to fulfill the need of AI technologies in the 21st century,” Prof PP Chakrabarti, director, IIT Kharagpur, said.

The IIT KGP would start the Centre with teaching and learning and knowledge dissemination programme. Faculty from the institute, Capillary specialist and deep-learning industry experts would work together to prepare the curricula. The well-planned curriculum will include short-term credit courses and certificate programme for internal and external students and industrial training programmes.

“The way we look at AI, it is the future not just in our industry but in every aspect of life. We wish to support the envisaged programs of the AI Center in various ways. Over the last few years, we have invested over Rs 40 lakh annually in various research projects that hold the promise of shaping the future of our industry. We wish to continue our association with IIT KGP by investing a similar amount over a period of time to make this AI Center a truly industry-leading one,” Aneesh Reddy, co-founder and CEO, Capillary Technologies, said.



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