MoU to establish an AI and Cloud Computing Research Lab in IIT-BHU

MoU to establish an AI and Cloud Computing Research Lab in IIT-BHU

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New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)– Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop cloud-ready job skills by providing access to the AWS Educate program and to help establish a Cloud Research Lab on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

Speaking on this occasion Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that this is very important occasion that Amazon is joining hands with IIT-BHU for giving essential free services in Cloud Computing, Data-sets and many other new technologies, which will empower our students and faculties to do better and focused research. The MoU was signed in the presence Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi today.

He said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is always pushing hard for new research and believes that unless we innovate, we don’t attain the sustainable prosperity and to attain the sustainable prosperity, our research and innovations have to go to the next level.

Javadekar said that today’s collaboration is a new milestone and a major step in this direction.

The Minister said that our nanotechnology lab in IISC is another commendable feature. The HRD Minister said that this will save cost and time as good research by students will also benefit all sections of the society including farmers and others.

Javadekar informed that with the launch of Higher Education Finance Agency- HEFA, huge budget from the additional resources, Prime Minister Research Fellowship and programs like IMPRINT scheme, Uchchtar Aviskar Yojana, the research and innovation in India will get new dimension.

According to an Accenture report titled, “Rewire for Growth”, AI has the potential to add nearly $1 trillion to India’s economy by 2035. India, as the fastest growing economy and with the second largest population in the world, has a significant stake in the AI revolution which needs to be implemented and encouraged in the areas of health, education, environment, infrastructure, cyber security and various other sectors.

The Cloud Research Lab will provide students with opportunities to use AWS Cloud technology to pursue research initiatives that focus on AI and ML innovation for India.

Under the MoU agreement, IIT-BHU gains access to the resources in AWS Educate program and curriculum designed for higher education institutions to incorporate in their courses. This collaboration will help accelerate cloud-related technical expertise for students and boost their readiness as they prepare to undertake the industry-recognized Certification.

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