IIT KGP is planning to set up a Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. It will incorporate AI in education, training, research, projects, incubation, and entrepreneurship. According to the sources, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur Center could be funded by Capillary Technologies Limited, for an amount of Rs. 5.64 crore. The investment would be utilized for setting up computing infrastructure, hardware simulation platforms, software and designing the coursework.
Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur said, “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.” Top officials said that industry experts, Institute and Capillary specialist faculty would be designing the curriculum. The curriculum would consist of short term credit courses and a certificate program for internal and external students and industrial training programs.
Aneesh Reddy, Co-Founder and CEO, Capillary Technologies said, “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.” Capillary Technologies has initiated this Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence Research at IIT KGP. It has also provided support to IIT KGP in developing AI applications in the retail sector, manpower training modules, internships, recruitment and enabling industry as well as government engagement.