Intel will set up 100 data-intensive laboratories to improve research infrastructure.
Electronic chip maker Intel plans to partner with 100 universities and engineering institutes to set up data-centric labs on their premises next year to enhance the country’s research infrastructure, a top company official said on Thursday.
The lab will be part of Intel’s development program aimed at expanding access to technology infrastructure for educational institutions at all levels.
Intel will contribute as a knowledge and technology partner, while academic institutions will have to bear the cost of the lab.
“Initially, we want to set up 100 labs a year. Once we complete 100 labs, we will have a bigger goal,” Nivriti Rai, Intel India’s country head and vice-president of Intel Foundry Services, told reporters.
He said India is a special market for Intel, and the company has been working there for more than two decades.
“Today we have thousands of employees in Bangalore and Hyderabad with state-of-the-art design facilities. Intel has so far invested US 7 7 billion in India and continues to expand its current research and development and innovation in the country,” Rai said.
Bangalore is the second largest design center for Intel worldwide.
Organizations partnering with the Unnati program will make a choice of lab variants tailored to their budget and based on where they will be in their technology and infrastructure journey.
Each Intel Unnati Lab includes hardware and software stack recommendations from Intel, course content, and co-branded course completion certificates for students.
The Intel development program has been rolled out across 15 colleges that are in the process of establishing excellence centers on their campuses.
Labs are already working in 3 institutes including Galgotius University – Uttar Pradesh, OPJU – Chhattisgarh and Binayak Mission – Tamil Nadu.
Colleges that are part of the pilot include IIIT Dharwar – Karnataka, Amrita University – Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) -AP, Yashwant Rao Chavan Engineering College – Maharashtra, T John Engineering College – Karnataka, Karnataka, SRM University – Tamil Nadu