Kerala took a major step forward in its progress towards a knowledge society with theinauguration of the country's first Digital University, based in Technocity at Mangalapuram near here on Saturday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided overthe function, where Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is also the Chancellor of theKerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology(KUDSIT), unveiled the varsity plaque.
Both the Governor and the Chief Minister addressed the function through video conferencing.
In his inaugural address,Khan said the launch of the Digital University is part of the state'sresolve to embrace new technologies and desire to use them for bringing positive changes in the life of people and become a global hub for higher learning and technology.
Praising the state government for recent initiatives in higher education including the launch of Sree Narayana Guru Open University, the Governor said “In any aspect of life, knowledge brings courage, understanding, acceptance, unity and also liberates us from the clutches of ignorance.”
“Thesociety expects the Digital University to provide intellectual support to lap up the new world of opportunities arising through artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Data Analytics and other digital transformation courses,” he said.
In his address, the CM said the launch of the first Digital University in the country would open tremendous opportunities for youngsters.