The centre would serve as a research-cum-training facility for students, researchers and industry people on emerging trends, such as artificial intelligence and data science
The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) has reportedly applied for 4 acres of land at Bengal Silicon Valley in New Town, Kolkata for setting up a Centre of Excellence on artificial intelligence.
The centre would provide facilities for research and training on emerging technologies, according to a report in TOI.
“It would be a large-scale research-cum-training facility for students, researchers and industry people on emerging trends, such as artificial intelligence and data science with applications of statistics,” ISI director Sanghamitra Bandyopadhaya was quoted as saying in the report.
Many IT companies and research and development institutes including Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), have also shown interest in getting land at the New Town IT hub in the second phase of land allotment process.
Silicon Valley land allotment process
Of the 200 acres of land in Silicon Valley, 107 acres are said to be in the allotment process. The West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had floated the expression of interest for allotting 74 acres of land in the first phase. The second expression of interest was floated last month to allot 90 acres.
The TOI report said that Cognizant has applied for 25 acres under the government’s new land value exchange policy, where its plans to relocate all IT companies from Bantala.
Society for Applied Microwave Research (SAMEER), an autonomous research and development laboratory set up in Mumbai in 1984 under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has also applied for three acres of land, for expanding its existing research and development unit in the state.