IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation is partnering with start-ups for various strategic initiatives in emerging technologies.
The key aspects of this collaboration include:
- Industry-oriented skilling in niche technologies by start-ups
- Project execution in niche areas such as AI, ML, and Data Science
Those interested in taking up courses offered through these collaborations can register through the following link: https://digitalskills.pravartak.org.in/
Highlighting the importance of this initiative, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “Start-ups must become leading employers and look at IIT Madras for their talent requirements.”
“Start-ups in the skilling sector should intervene early with students and impart cognitive ability, foundational maths, and science skills for their success in higher education”, Prof. V. Kamakoti added.
IITM Pravartak Technologies is a Section 8 Company housing the Technology Innovation Hub on Sensors, Networking, Actuators, and Control Systems.
It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and hosted by IIT Madras.
Speaking about this collaboration, Dr. MJ Shankar Raman, CEO, of IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, said, “We will work with these start-ups on niche areas like Drone pilot training, Data analytics, AI/ML, and Generative AI.”
“Our clients come to us for insights on their complex and sensitive unstructured data. We leverage startups like DataSwitch for such requirements”, Dr. MJ Shankar Raman added.
Dr. MJ Shankar Raman added, “One of our partners, Neekan Consulting, is a Technology, Process, and Marketing consulting company enabling SMBs and start-ups in all industry domains.”
“They work with us on Product and Program management apart from skilling freshers and making them job-ready. Similarly, SkillAngels (based out of IITM research park) uses gamification, animation, and adaptive learning strategies for Cognitive assessments and upskilling”, Dr. MJ Shankar added.
The important outcomes expected from this collaboration include:
- Newer ways of understanding cutting-edge technologies through contents and platforms belonging to start-ups
- Developing point solutions for nice problem areas in AI, ML, and Data Science
Further, Mr. Balamurali Shankar, General Manager, Digital Skills Academy of IITM Pravartak, said, “These start-ups have a combination of academic and industry expertise and thereby giving a good learning experience to the students.”
“One of our partners, Crion Versity, was founded by IIT Madras Alumni and comes with a rich experience of running a digital twin organization Crion Technologies at IITM Research Park. Their flagship career experience programs provide engaging short-form learnings on job skills in areas such as Data Analytics”, Mr. Balamurali Shankar added.
Mr. Balamurali Shankar also mentioned that Rudram Dynamics offers specialized in programs such as drone pilot training, B2G (Business to Government) analytics programs as well as Cyber Law. With all these start-ups coming together, students and industry professionals have a variety of choices to upskill in their respective domains.
The MoU was signed recently between IITM Pravartak and five startups – Crion Versity, Dataswitch, Neekan Consulting, Rudram Dynamics, and Skill Angels. Those present on the occasion include Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. Mangala Sunder Krishnan, Professor Emeritus, IIT Madras, Dr. MJ Shankar Raman, CEO, IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation and Mr. Balamurali Shankar, General Manager, Digital Skills Academy, IIT Madras.
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