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India no longer the back office of the world: Taraka Rama Rao

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Bengaluru: Young India is no longer content with being called the back office of the world, said Telangana IT Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao on Thursday.

“Today, the situation is changing. Indian youngsters and young India is not content in being known as the back office of the world… there is a lot of entrepreneurial zeal, there is a lot of enthusiasm among young Indians to do better and to actually compete with the rest of the world,” said Rao at the CeBIT India 2015 inaugural ceremony.

Calling his new state the “startup state”, he said: “We take a lot of pride in calling ourselves the startup state. We are the youngest state in India. We operate with the mindset of a startup.”

To make Hyderabad as the startup capital of India, he said the Telangana government launched two ambitious programs – the THUB and Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK).

“THUB is essentially a collaboration of academic institutions and various business enterprises within Hyderabad to set up the largest incubator in the entire country for startups in India,” he said.

“We setup TASK, a collaborative effort of industry and academia to ensure that the market requirements are in alignment with what is being taught in the academia,” said Rao, adding industry frequently complains of graduates not being industry ready.

Another major Telangana infrastructure project highlighted by Rao is the ambitious 1.5 lakh kilometer water pipeline all over the state, and this has the piggybacking of a broadband fiber-optic across its length to connect 8.5 million households with internet connectivity.

“Telangana will emerge as the most connected state in India after the completion of this project,” added Rao.

(IANS)

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Nearly 500 Blind Teachers in Kerala to be trained in various facets of Information and Communication Technology

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Hi-Tech School programme in Kerala, Wikimedia.

Kerala, May 29, 2017: Close to 500 blind teachers in Kerala would be trained in the various facets of Information and Communication Technology, to help them to handle their subjects effectively using technology, in a month’s time said a official of the state’s IT@School Project.

This will be done under the project as part of implementing the Hi-Tech School programme in the state, said project chief K. Anvar Sadath.

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By now more than a lakh teachers in the state-run schools have been trained under it.

Earlier in 2011, IT@School had imparted basic IT training for all blind teachers in the state, and received special appreciation from Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

With the completion of the current training, Kerala would become the first state in the country to have trained all visually challenged teachers in ICT, which focuses on the possibilities of ICT in education, rather than a mere training on computers.

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“The training for the regular teachers emphasise on specific subject wise content, developed entirely on free and open source software platform. The accessibility gaps of the software used for such training are assessed and then new customised packages are being incorporated, for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers,” said Sadath.

The specific training includes activities such as preparation of documents and presentations which would assist in classroom teaching of every teacher, language computing, digital content collection from internet and their legal aspects, audio recording and video editing. The educational applications which are used for the regular training are customised for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers.

“The joy goes up to its peak now as we are learning to apply it in our class rooms. It’s like we are getting our eyes back,” said thrilled learner Sebastian, who is almost fully blind and works as a teacher in a state-run school in Ernakulam district. (IANS)

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Infosys employee missing in Brussels attack

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Policemen stand guard near a security perimeter set in the Rue de la Loi near the Maalbeek subway station, in Brussels on March 22, 2016.

Brussels: Indian national who went missing in Belgium’s attack in capital Brussels on Tuesday is an employee of Infosys, IT company.

Raghuvendran Ganesh has been missing since the attack hails from Bengaluru and is an employee of Infosys, the external affairs ministry confirmed.

“We are doing our best to locate Raghavendran Ganesh,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

She also said that two other Indians, both employees of Jet Airways, who were injured were “recovering well”.

At least 34 people were killed on Tuesday. Two deadly explosions rocked the Zaventem airport and a more powerful blast ripped through a train coach at a Metro station in the heart of Brussels. It is the worst terror attack in Europe in four months. (IANS) (Image Source: fortunedotcom.files.wordpress.com)

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Artificial intelligence to amplify digital transformation: Vishal Sikka

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San Francisco: The digital transformation can best be achieved by adopting automation and artificial intelligence (AI) and the growing symbiosis between Infosys and Oracle is going to help achieve this goal faster than ever, said Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka.

Addressing a gathering of top innovators at Oracle’s OpenWorld 2015 conference here on October 27, Sikka emphasised on how AI can be a great amplifier to simplify and enable existing landscapes as well as build intelligent systems that help us solve our most complex emerging problems.

“The world is looking at providing services in a better way. I observe three major shifts – focus on experience among consumers, emergence of AI and the ultimate cloud phenomenon,” he added.

Sikka also announced that the Infosys Finacle’s core banking solution – running on new and secure Oracle SuperCluster M7 microprocessor – has set a new record for the number of banking transactions processed.

“The solution supported more than two billion bank accounts with near linear scalability. The results showcase Finacle’s capabilities to manage extraordinarily large transaction volumes to help banks cater to their growing business demands at reduced costs,” he said.

The tests were conducted across a mix of delivery channel transactions that could originate from branches, ATMs, online and mobile channels.

According to Ganesh Ramamurthy, senior vice president (product development) at Oracle, the SuperCluster M7 microprocessor and SPARC T7 and M7 systems offer breakthrough technology for memory intrusion protection and encryption.

“Infosys’ latest Finacle results on SuperCluster M7 demonstrate the superior performance, efficiency and security capabilities of SPARC M7 with Oracle Database 12c and WebLogic Server 12c for critical banking functions,” he explained.

According to Sikka, their future strategy will not be completed without the help from Oracle and its diverse portfolio.

“We together are creating a sort of symbiosis. Infosys is emerging as a great change agent and we are collaborating with Oracle in innovations in java,” he said.

He also spoke about AiKiDo – a new offering that comprise three enhanced service offerings in knowledge-based IT (KBIT), platforms and design thinking.

Infosys has deployed a number of systems that replicate human decision-making in areas such as financial service regulation and ticketing of IT issues, thus enabling productivity improvements by up to 40 percent and saving customers millions of dollars annually.

In addition to this, Infosys is working with global clients to use artificial intelligence to address business challenges.

Infosys is utilising artificial intelligence techniques to solve complex engineering problems in design, testing, and certification of complex engineering products.

“I am optimistic that artificial intelligence techniques will help us solve next-generation problems, and that humans will play the most important part in this process,” Dr Sikka added.

Infosys has delivered nearly 30 projects for clients using artificial intelligence. Many of these first projects have been in manufacturing and financial services.

Infosys is currently developing solutions based on artificial intelligence to solve complex problems in the engineering space.

(Nishant Arora,IANS)