In collaboration with 10 higher educational institutions in India on Thursday software giant, Microsoft launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled digital labs. ‘Intelligent Cloud Hub’, which is the programme, covers institutes such as BITS Pilani, SRM Institute of Science and Technology and Trident Academy of Technology among others.
Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India said we can empower today’s students to build India of tomorrow with the right technology infrastructure, curriculum and training. Microsoft would support the selected institutions as part of the three-year programme, with best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum, content, access to Cloud, AI services as well as developer support.
Along with providing access to a wide range of Azure AI services like Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning (ML) and Bot Services, the company would also facilitate setting up of core AI infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) hub. Workshops on Cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT are the training programmes designed for faculty.
The top challenges faced by Indian organizations in adopting AI to accelerate their businesses are the lack of skills, resources and continuous learning programmes as stated by the recent Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia-Pacific study.