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To boost the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem by leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Government of Uttar Pradesh has entrusted IIT Kanpur and FICCI to establish a world-class Centre of Excellence in Noida. Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (AIIDE-CoE) will help nurture and incubate 250 startups from the AI/ML domain over a period of 5 years. The startups will have access to world-class infrastructure and lab facilities, mentors, and investors to help accelerate their product development. The center will develop the startup ecosystem in Uttar Pradesh in the field of Artificial Intelligence and help bridge the gap between academia and industries.

The Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dr. Dinesh Sharma inaugurated the website of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (AIIDE-CoE) in Lucknow on 3rd December 2021 and the registration has also begun the very same day for startups in the field of AI/ML. Dr. Dinesh Sharma said, “We have firm belief that a premier institute like IIT Kanpur along with FICCI will ensure that Uttar Pradesh leaves a mark globally on the AI/ML landscape.”

Prof. A.R. Harish, Dean of Research and Development at IIT Kanpur who is chairing the Governing body of the AIIDE-COE initiative explained, “The website is an integral part of this unique initiative as the center of excellence is focused upon the field of AI/ML. We are sure that it will add substantial value to the entrepreneurs who will get associated through it.”

This website is the corner stone to the initiative as it works as a multifunctional portal for the initiative. It will have an open-source resource bank for students and researchers to gain knowledge from and have live discussions about the latest research and white papers on new emerging technologies.

Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, CEO, AIIDE-COE said, “We are delighted to take AI/ML to every stakeholder who can potentially benefit from this initiative. Our website shall reach out to those who are geographically far from the center and augment efforts of those physically accessing the infrastructure at CoE in Noida.”

A dedicated login portal for registered startups, students, innovators, and other stakeholders will provide access to the activities and progress of the center.

Mr. Arvind Kumar, Additional chief secretary, IT and Electronics, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “Uttar Pradesh Government will continue to provide all necessary support required to ensure best-in-class entrepreneurship ecosystem and handholding startups operating in the domain of AI/ML.”

The government shall also be able to track the initiative through the website. The various benefits provided through the website shall include – connect with mentors and investors, access to scheduled and past webinars, access to soft infrastructure and various other functions.

Dr. Ujjwal Kumar, IAS, Managing Director UPLC said “AIIDE CoE will not just support startups from Uttar Pradesh but also reach out to the corners of the state to sensitise students, innovators, university professors and other entrepreneurial enthusiasts about the application and effectiveness of AI/ML across various domains.”

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