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Nasscom opens Centre of Excellence for Data Science and AI in Bengaluru


Indian IT industry apex body Nasscom on Thursday opened a Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Bengaluru. The centre was set up in collaboration with the Karnataka government with an aim to nurture innovation in emerging disruptive technologies such as AI and to leverage the power of data science, Nasscom said in a statement here. "Karnataka has led the Information Technology (IT) revolution in India and the state has also been fostering entrepreneurial spirit. The centre is the step required to propel the data sciences and AI to make India as a destination for global product solutions," Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said on the occasion. Nasscom has also signed an agreement with government think-tank NITI Aayog to collaboratively foster applied research, accelerating adoptions and ethics, privacy and security, the statement added.

Government to set up centres for transformational artificial intelligence


The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Friday said it will set up centres for transformational artificial intelligence (AI) that will collaborate with academia and industry to develop AI-based solutions. Addressing a virtual'AI India Conclave', organised by FICCIi jointly with MeitY, Abhishek Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Digital India Corporation (DIC), President and CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and, CEO, MyGov, MeitY, said that AI skilling and reskilling and its role in employment generation is important and highlighted the various initiatives launched by the government pertaining to AI. "To foster a robust AI ecosystem in India, the government's role is to enable a data governance mechanism via open data portals, with adequate safeguards for privacy to enable innovation by researchers and entrepreneurs to build upon and create products for better services," he said. A lot of AI research is being done in all academic institutions, but still the country lags far behind China and the US when it comes to AI research, he said, adding that'there are certain initiatives that have been taken but we need to go further'. Singh said the Department of Science and Technology too has set up Technology Innovation Hubs under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems. "But under the national programme on AI what is being thought of is that the India centres for transformational AI will be set up. These centres will be set up in partnership with the industry and academia. The solution which is developed from the exercise will be assessed for scaling up across the country," Singh added.

Govt. of Karnataka and NASSCOM launches CoE for Data Science and AI DigiAnalysys


NASSCOM along with Government of Karnataka today launched the Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE – DSAI) in Bengaluru. Supporting the government's National Strategy for AI, NASSCOM will facilitate collaboration between NITI Aayog and CoEs and will include NITI Aayog as a knowledge partner. Also, leveraging their skilling platform FutureSkills, NASSCOM and Niti Aayog will together accelerate innovation and cultivate skilling in India. The CoE initiative is a nationwide program on innovation focusing on solutions in smart manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, agriculture, energy, IoT, banking & financial services, retail, telecom, and host of emerging technologies. NASSCOM has partnered with Intel and IBM as its founding members and technology advisors for augmenting and accelerating the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in the country.

NASSCOM FutureSkills and Microsoft launch AI Classroom Series


New Delhi, September 10, 2020: As part of its ongoing efforts to promote skilling as a national priority, NASSCOM FutureSkills and Microsoft have joined hands to launch a nation-wide AI skilling initiative. The initiative aims to skill 1 million students in AI by 2021. The collaboration will provide Microsoft's AI, machine learning and data science expertise to students through easy to consume modules including live demos, hands on workshops and assignments. These introductory sessions on AI will be available for undergraduate students at no cost and will cover the basics of data science, machine learning models on Azure, and understanding of cognitive services to build intelligent solutions. The partnership with NASSCOM FutureSkills is an extension of Microsoft's global skilling initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills, needed to thrive in a digital economy.

Institutes gear up India for age of artificial intelligence


Institutes gear up India for age of artificial intelligence Shuriah Niazi 11 May 2019 The Indian workforce, academics and students are gearing up for the advent of the age of artificial intelligence (AI). According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the country will require nearly 238,000 AI professionals in the next three years and the AI industry will be worth US$16 billion by 2025. AI is a field that has a comparatively long history but continues to actively grow and evolve. NASSCOM last month launched the programme titled'AI Foundation for Faculty Development' to hone faculty's skills in AI at Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. In addition, some top institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, IIT Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru are training students and faculty in AI.