MeitY, AP and NASSCOM launch CoE in Visakhapatnam

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 (AP), inaugurated the Centre of Excellence (CoE) on IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) at Andhra University Campus, Visakhapatnam.

The centre was inaugurated by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology and Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Information Technology and Skill Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in the presence of Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India, P. V. G. D. Prasad Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University; and G. Jayalakshmi, Principal Secretary, ITE&C, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The new centre provides open labs and infrastructure to create and validate solutions from design to prototype to democratise innovation. It also promotes entrepreneurship by providing an incubation facility for peer-to-peer learning and the benefit of an industrial environment. The CoE is currently working with enterprises interested in collaborating with start-ups for newer innovative solutions.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology said, “Technologies like IoT, technologies like 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 development of the kind that we must deliver on in the coming months and years.”

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 9 technologies, which we have said are going to be the sunrise technologies for world events. One is Artificial Intelligence & 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 cyber security. 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.”

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