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Ratan Tata to inaugurate T-Hub, the biggest start-up incubator, in Hyderabad on November 5

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Hyderabad: Ratan Tata is scheduled to inaugurate the T-Hub, the country’s biggest start-up incubator on November 5. The inauguration ceremony will also witness the presence of  Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

However, the non-availability of Ratan Tata forced the postponement of the event to November 5, which was earlier slated to be held on September 7.

The first phase has come up at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).

The facility is being set up in collaboration with IIIT Hyderabad, the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the NALSAR University of Law.

While NALSAR would help in intellectual property and related areas, ISB and IIIT would provide business and technology mentoring respectively.

Phase I which is being set at IIIT at a cost of Rs 35 crore will be spread over 60,000 square feet and can accommodate 400 start-ups by 2017.

The second phase will come up on three acres of land in Raidurgam near Hitec City, the IT hub.

The government promises that it will be an ‘incubator of incubators’, offering startup environment available in the west.

The facility will also have venture capitalists and angel investors.

The government is also mulling a venture capital fund. Officials said discussion with various venture fund groups had already taken place.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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IIT Hyderabad Announces India’s First AI Course

The course will also focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among many others.

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AI has the potential to increase India's annual growth.
AI has the potential to increase India's annual growth. pixabay

Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) on Thursday announced the launch of a full-fledged bachelor’s programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology from the new academic session, a first for the country and only the third globally.

IIT-H is already offering an Masters in Technology programme in AI-Machine Learning (ML). Besides IIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the US, offer full-fledged B.Tech programmes in AI.

The new course will have 20 seats and the eligibility is clearing the JEE-Advanced test.

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Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

“AI solutions are particularly promising for India (given the availability of a large corpus of data) where it can have a major positive impact on several critical domains such as healthcare, crop and soil management, weather prediction, surveillance and security, and defence,” Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development), IIT-H, said in a statement.

“However, the demand for professionals trained in this area far exceeds the current supply. The B.Tech programme in AI is a step in the direction of addressing this highly skewed demand-supply scenario,” Channappayya added.

Further, Channappayya noted that the potential for AI to improve the quality of human lives is tremendous. This program will train students in the fundamentals of computer science, AI and ML, in addition to sensitising them to the ethical issues in deploying AI-based solutions.

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The course will also focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among many others.

Students pursuing other degrees such as B.Tech in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering can now do a minor in AI as well from the coming academic year, the statement said.  (IANS)