Punjab to Open its First Centre of Excellence for AI, IoT


The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Mohali will provide highly focused courses on data analytics, AI, IoT and AVG to the entrepreneurs and students

Out of the seven Centre of Excellence (CoE) announced by the Government, Punjab will have one of these centres at the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Mohali. The CoE will provide services related to artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), data analytics and audio-visual graphics (AVG).

Ajay P Shrivastava, Additional Director, STPI-Mohali said that the CoE will be set up with the help of Punjab government in the Mohali’s start-up hub. The proposed CoE will cater to all the teething requirements of new ventures.

The decision for setting up the CoE has been taken after STPI Director General expressed interest in establishing one such centre near state capital Chandigarh.

The CoE at Mohali will cater to the startups, budding entrepreneurs, faculties and researchers who are working in these areas. The centre will undertake state-of-the-art research projects, create testing facilities and laboratories for advanced algorithms, methods and application in aid of data analytics and allied areas.

Focussed courses on IoT, AI

In addition, the CoE will provide highly focused courses on data analytics, AI, IoT and AVG to the entrepreneurs and students. The centre will also support in creating app platforms from certain skill development programmes that are based on industrial requirements.

A Central government undertaking, the STPI offers regulatory help to all the information technology (IT) export units. Presently, the STPI, Mohali has 140 registered units.

Earlier this year, IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that seven CoEs will be set up in the country. The CoE at Mohali will be one of them. The other CoE that have been finalised across the country are Bengaluru for electronics, Chennai for fintech, Gurugram for IoT related to agriculture, Bhubaneshwar for augmented reality and Lucknow for medical electronics.