Intelligent Cloud Hub

Microsoft announces ‘Intelligent Cloud Hub’ to build AI-ready workforce in India

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As part of the program, Microsoft will support selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, onsite training for faculty & students, curriculum & content, and access for participating students to cloud & AI services. Apart from these developmental tools and developer support would also matter.

Microsoft recently announced a three-year ‘Intelligent Cloud Hub’ collaborative program in India to empower institutes to skill students in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud technologies.

The dedicated AI infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) hub program will equip selected research and higher education institutions with AI infrastructure, build curriculum, and faculty capability to skill students in AI and cloud technologies, the company said in a statement.

India is the first country to have such a program under which Microsoft will support selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, onsite training for faculty and students, curriculum and content, access for participating students to cloud and AI services, developmental tools and developer support.

Manish Prakash, Country General Manager-PS, Health and Education, Microsoft India, said, “Jobs of tomorrow will require a very different set of skills, and collaborating, training and working with AI will be as important as collaborating with people.” Moreover, he informed, “The Microsoft ‘Intelligent Cloud Hub’ program aims to catalyze this with technology insights, cognitive skills, and a practical, in-depth understanding of developing intelligent connected solutions for application across industry and citizenship scenarios.”

Microsoft to deploy its various tools for the training purposes

Reportedly, the tech giant will also offer a wide range of AI developmental tools and Azure AI Services such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning, and Bot Services. The training will include development workshops to help both the faculty and students build their skills and expertise in cloud computing, data sciences, AI, and IoT.

Manish said, “Our vision is to make participating universities and institutions ‘Intelligent Cloud Hubs’ in their own right at the end of the first three years.”

Microsoft Professional Program (MPP)

Microsoft would also assist faculty in strategizing content and curricula for project-based and experiential learning. For research-focused institutions, Microsoft will provide AI-based recommendations for potential areas of research. In April 2018, the company announced the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) for the public. The program provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to engineers and others who are looking to improve their skills in AI and data science through a series of online courses.

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