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India to Create 28 CoE to Promote AI, Blockchain and other Emerging Technologies

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Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), under the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, is set to create 28 Centres of Excellence (CoE) across the country in emerging fields like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, augmented reality & virtual reality (AR & VR), blockchain and others.

This announcement was by STPI director, Sanjay Gupta, at recent event.

The upcoming CoE will work in collaboration with stakeholders, state governments, academia, industry and industry mentorship to provide a platform for startups and budding entrepreneurs across the country.

Just a few days back, STPI inked a MoU with US-based Fab Foundation for setting up the Fab Lab in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

A Centre of Excellence (CoE) — according to STPI — is a domain-specific specialized incubation facility for start-ups in the area of emerging technologies where the highest-standards and best-practices in terms of infrastructure, technology, leadership, mentoring, training, research & development, funding, networking for the given focus area is made available.

STPI is responsible for setting up IoT OpenLab at Bengaluru, Electropreneur Park ESDM Incubation Centre at Bhubaneshwar and FinTech at Chennai.

In August last year, STPI had unveiled a new incubation centre as well as a Fab-Lab called ‘STPI ELITE’ for electronics and IT startups in Orissa state, located at Gothapatna locality in Bhubaneswar city.

Lot of CoEs have been set up in last couple of years including NASSCOM IoT-CoE. In January, Kerala Startup Mission, the nodal agency of the Kerala state government for technical entrepreneurship, partnered with Unity Technologies, a US-based game development company, to launch a CoE for AR/VR and gaming, in order to help the startup culture boom in the gaming and AR & VR sectors.

Last October, NASSCOM in collaboration with the Haryana government, had launched CoE for IoT at Gurugram.

Via ~ ElectronicsB2B

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