HPE Setting Up Centre in Andhra Pradesh to Skill Students in IoT-Based Agriculture

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  • The Centre will train youth on technology to improve yield, productivity and sustainability across the entire agricultural ecosystem
  • HPE will invest $500 million in India over the next five years to expand its operations, manufacturing capabilities and employee base.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Agastya International Foundation have signed a pack to set up a fully equipped Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Andhra Pradesh for skilling students on using emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture.

The facility will be set up on the Foundation’s campus at Gudipalli in Andhra Pradesh. It will provide students with access to advanced IT solutions that are at the leading edge of technology innovation in the agricultural sector to achieve higher food production from finite land resources, a company statement said.

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“Technology can play a vital role in addressing rapidly-evolving global needs related to food and agriculture. Being a purpose-driven organisation, we are leveraging previously untapped resources to reveal new solutions for such social and environmental challenges,” HPE India Managing Director Som Satsangi said.

The Centre will train youth on technology to improve yield, productivity and sustainability across the entire agricultural ecosystem, he added.

Under the guidance of IoT experts from HPE, these students will get the opportunity to work with soil fertility experts on agriculture-related projects. The training, in the areas of IoT and computer programming, also aims to improve their employment prospects.

“Food security is amongst the most critical issues facing society today, making it crucial for industry, technology, academia and government to come together and solve such global challenges,” said Ramji Raghavan, Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation.

“We are happy to partner with HPE to set up this CoE, which demonstrates our commitment to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instill confidence in our youth so they can leverage technology to achieve real change for society,” he added.

HPE to Invest $500 Mn in India

The tech major has already announced that it will be investing $500 million in India over the next five years to expand its operations, manufacturing capabilities and employee base in the country.

The company plans to start manufacturing its subsidiary Aruba’s portfolio of mobility and internet of things (IoT) solutions in India before the end of 2019.

A part of the investment will also be used to increase its workforce by 20 percent over the next 3-5 years, the company said.

The company will also begin construction of a high-tech extension to its Mahadevapura Campus in Bengaluru as well as state-of-the-art R&D facilities.

Antonio Neri, President and CEO of HPE and a member of the US-India CEO Forum, said India is one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, and the investments will further develop the country as a critical market for HPE’s global business.

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