IIT Kharagpur signs MoU with Samsung India to setup digital academy

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IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung India to set up a digital academy within its campus.

Samsung IndiaThe institute’s Computer Science and Engineering department would host the Samsung Innovation Lab. Under the MoU, the students will be trained on the Internet of Things (IoT) through Tizen-based operating systems, commonly used by the company for its mobile phones and home appliances.

IoT is a network of computing devices embedded in objects of everyday use for storage and exchange of information. The training would help students acquire industry-relevant skills and “become job ready”, an IIT-KGP statement said today.

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Samsung, under its corporate social initiative, has set up the lab to bridge the digital divide in the country by imparting skills to students on cutting-edge technology, the statement added.

Through this partnership with IIT-KGP, the academy planned to train over 100 students in the next three years, it added.

Samsung Research & Development Institute-Delhi managing director YoungKi Byun said, “Samsung is happy to partner with IIT-Kharagpur to help students leverage the growing digital technology market, especially Internet of things (IoT), the future of connectivity”.

IIT-KGP Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said, “The partnership will help our students in developing their skills on the emerging areas of IoT and Artificial Intelligence.”

The course would be taught over 14 weeks through classroom lectures, assignments, lab room sessions, self-study and mini projects. “This (IoT) lab will enable our students to have hands-on experience with the Tizen operating system as well as facilitate research and app development on IoT platforms,” the head of the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sudeshna Sarkar, said.

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