Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Current Affairs - 2020

IIT to set up Data Science Centre at Kanjikode campus

The Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad is to set uo a research centre in data science. The centre being set up at Kanjikode aims at providing a platform of research for artificial intelligence and Data Science

Highlights

The centre has been named as the Centre for Research and Education in Data Science. The Centre will collaborate with the Government, industries and other academic institutes

Data Science

It is the field that uses scientific algorithms, processes and methods to extract knowledge from unstructured and structured data.

The development of data science is highly important for Data Localization

What is Data Localization?

It refers to the rules, laws and regulations that speaks on the collection of data on a Nation’s citizens. It also includes processing and storing such data.

Indian Laws on Data Localisation

Currently in India the only mandate on Data Localization is that provided by Reserve Bank of India, that too only for Payment systems. However, there are several draft bills and reports on Data Localization.

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NASSCOM opens Center of Excellence (CoE) for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Bengaluru

Indian IT industry apex body NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) has opened Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE-DSAI) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The centre was set up in collaboration with Karnataka Government with an aim to nurture innovation in emerging disruptive technologies such as AI and to leverage the power of data science.

CoE-DSAI

The centre aims to support small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) by fast-tracking their product developing, providing market access and assist them by co-creating programs along with other industry partners and start-ups. It will work with governments and universities to provide emerging businesses with required mentorship, talent and skills. It will create platform for industry to academia to co-create digital solutions for Industry 4.0. It will work with Government & enterprises to make available large data-sets for training model, create a technology platform (cloud + on premise) with requisite library of solutions.

NASSCOM-NITI Aayog Partnership

NASSCOM also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NITI Aayog to collaboratively foster applied research, accelerating adoption and ethics, privacy and security. Under it, NASSCOM will facilitate collaboration between NITI Aayog and CoEs. It will also include NITI Aayog as knowledge partner.

Comment

Both these initiatives have been taken with aim to strengthen country’s AI ecosystem and will serve as platform for intelligence-sharing and technology collaboration between stakeholders to build collective capabilities for industry and country in the cutting-edge areas artificial intelligence.

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)

NASSCOM is global non-profit trade association (organisation) of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. It facilitates business and trade in software and services and encourages the advancement of research in software technology. It is registered under the Indian Societies Act, 1860. Its headquarters are in New Delhi.

It has regional offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. The global IT trade body has over 2000 members, of which over 250 are companies from the China, EU, Japan, US and UK. NASSCOM’s member companies are in the business of software development, software services, software products, IT-enabled/BPO services and e-commerce.

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