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IITMK to become Kerala’s first ‘digital university’

January 16, 2020

The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday upgraded the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITM-K) through a new Ordinance to that of the state’s first digital university. It will have five different schools in core areas, besides concentrating on research.

Located at the Technopark campus in Kerala, it was an autonomous educational institution established by the government of Kerala in 2000. It was a multidisciplinary premier postgraduate institute offering courses in computer science and IT.

According to an official press release, the Governor has been recommended to issue an ordinance to set up “The Kerala University of Digital Sciences Innovation and Technology”.

The office of CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The cabinet has decided to recommend to the Kerala Governor to come out with an Ordinance to upgrade IIITMK into a digital university with the name The Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology. This new move comes in the backdrop of the initiative of the Kerala government for the development and strengthening of the IT industry and digital technology in all spheres of development, so as to speed up the connection between the education and IT industry segments.”

IIITMK has been upgraded to a digital university so as to give more emphasis on disruptive technologies which include blockchain, Internet of things besides AI and data analytics and for that five different Schools will be set up under the new digital university. The schools will include areas like computing, electronic design and automation, informatics, digital bio-sciences, and digital humanities.

Source: IANS

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