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India''s first Digital Varsity comes up in Kerala

India''s first Digital Varsity comes up in Kerala
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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (PTI)Kerala took a major step

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

plaque.

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

world.

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

2021.

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

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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