Thapar Institute and NVIDIA Collaborate to Establish AI and Data Science School

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with American chipmaker NVIDIA to establish the Thapar School of Advanced AI & Data Science (TSAAI). The memorandum of understanding was signed by R R Vederah, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Thapar University, and Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director – Asia South at NVIDIA.

The TSAAI will be located on the TIET campus in Patiala, Punjab. “We are excited about the opportunity to establish this AI school, in technical collaboration with NVIDIA. This work will not only bridge the gap in AI (artificial intelligence) expertise but also pave the way for cutting-edge research and innovation in this transformative field. This also establishes our vision of providing education that creates future-ready students,” stated Padmakumar Nair, Director of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology.

As part of this collaboration, TIET will set up a dedicated data centre leveraging NVIDIA DGX systems. According to a statement from TIET, the infrastructure will be ready by the first semester of the 2024-2025 academic year, supporting a full undergraduate AI degree program, AI mandatory/elective courses across all disciplines, technical training for faculty and staff, research collaborations, and the establishment of an AI startup ecosystem powered by NVIDIA edge computing. The institute aims to ensure that within 2-4 years, any graduating student will be ‘AI literate’ by implementing necessary curriculum changes and additional requirements.

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In addition, NVIDIA plans to extend the benefits of its inception program, which is designed to support startups, to qualifying TIET-incubated AI startups. This collaboration is set to position TIET at the forefront of AI education and innovation, fostering a new generation of AI experts and entrepreneurs.

This partnership marks a significant step in the advancement of AI education in India, promising to deliver future-ready students equipped with the skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving technological landscape.

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