forward in its progress towards a knowledge society with
theinauguration of the country''s first Digital University,
based in Technocity at Mangalapuram near here on Saturday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided overthe
function, where Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is also the
Chancellor of theKerala University of Digital Sciences,
Innovation and Technology(KUDSIT), unveiled the varsity
Both the Governor and the Chief Minister addressed the
function through video conferencing.
In his inaugural address,Khan said the launch of the
Digital University is part of the state''sresolve to embrace
new technologies and desire to use them for bringing positive
changes in the life of people and become a global hub for
higher learning and technology.
Praising the state government for recent initiatives in
higher education including the launch of Sree Narayana Guru
Open University, the Governor said "In any aspect of life,
knowledge brings courage, understanding, acceptance, unity and
also liberates us from the clutches of ignorance."
"Thesociety expects the Digital University to provide
intellectual support to lap up the new world of opportunities
arising through artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Data
Analytics and other digital transformation courses," he said.
In his address, the CM said the launch of the first
Digital University in the country would open tremendous
opportunities for youngsters.
"There should not be a digital divide in the society.
The government is involved in the efforts of attaining digital
excellence in various fields.
We need to foster technically-talented people in
accordance with the changes in the new world," the CM said.
Noting that the Digital University aims at utilising the
developments in digital technology for social progress, he
said the benefits of digital technology should be made
available for people in various walks of life.
According to official sources, the Digital University is
set up by upgrading two-decade old Indian Institute of
Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K), a
center of excellence in information technologies established
by Government of Kerala.
It is formed with a vision of creating a futuristic
institution of higher learning, aspiring to set a global
benchmark in Digital technologies and its management.
Its focus is on post graduate programmes and research
besides building strong industry-academic and academic-
academic linkages with leading institutions in India and
abroad, they said.
The university is starting with five schools of
knowledge--School of Computer Science and Engineering; School
of Digital Sciences; School of Electronic Systems and
Automation; School of Informatics; and School of Digital
Humanities and Liberal Arts, covering science, technology and
humanities aspects of the Digital world.
Each school will be offering master level programmes in
computer science, informatics, applied electronics and
humanities with various specialization of the industry 4.0
The adoption of technology in design, pedagogy, assessment
etc. is also a key driving factor for the new University,
which focuses on early learners and re-learners with a host of
programmes in cutting edge areas of technology.
Towards this, specialized centres in areas like
Blockchain, AI&ML, Cyber Security, Bigdata analytics,
Biocomputing and Geospatial analytics are to be set up in
collaboration with leading international academic, research
and industry bodies.
The university will also lead the Digital Transformation
Initiatives announced by the Kerala government in the Budget
Spread across a 10-acre campus in Technocity, the first
phase of the university has been completed with an academic
and a hostel block.
Once fully developed, it will provide education to 1,200
residential scholars from its campus in addition to numerous
learners, who will be associated with the University through
various technological means. PTI LGK