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Odisha CM Inaugurates Centre Of Excellence At CET


23 December 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated a Center of Excellence (CoE) on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) here.

The CoE which aims to train young graduates in the field of AI is a collaborative initiative between Tech Mahindra Ltd., a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business engineering services and solutions and CET.

"The collaboration between Tech Mahindra and CET to build the CoE powered by AI is a step towards fulfilling our dream to make Odisha one of the three investment destinations in the country," the Chief Minister said in his inaugural address.

"It is also an opportunity for our youth and young professionals to leverage next-generation technologies to drive innovation and create sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow," he added.

The CoE is the outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tech Mahindra and CET which outlines the government's objective to upskill young students by familiarizing them with new-age technologies like AI and equipping them with the knowledge of applying these technologies in everyday life.

The initiative is aimed at fostering a growth ecosystem what will positively impact the economy and lives of people in Odisha.

As part of the MoU, the CoE will serve as a platform to incubate new solutions which will leverage cutting-edge AI technology through proof of concepts (PoC), to develop business use cases that are impacting manufacturing industries, public service organizations, etc.

“Tech Mahindra's collaboration with CET, Odisha, is a step towards enabling our young workforce to create smart and sustainable solutions for the future by leveraging next-generation technologies like AI. The state-of-the-art CoE will help tap the immense potential of the students to address the evolving technology needs of local industries besides significantly improving their skills and future employability," said CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra on the occasion.

Premananda Nayak, Minister, Skill Development & Technical Edication, Odisha

Prashant Kumar Patra, Principal, CET