Samsung partners IIT-Guwahati to set up Samsung Innovation Labs
India – December, 2019 – Samsung India today inaugurated the Samsung Digital Academy at IIT-Guwahati, thereby strengthening its commitment towards the government’s Skill India mission and also bolstering the Digital India initiative.
The Samsung Innovation Lab at IIT-Guwahati will train students on Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, helping them learn industry-relevant skills and making them job-ready.
Samsung Digital Academy is Samsung’s corporate social initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide and proficiency gaps in the country by skilling students on cutting-edge technology. Through this partnership with IIT-Guwahati, the academy targets to train over 300 students in the next three years on these cutting edge technologies.
“I sincerely feel that Samsung Digital Academy Programme at IIT -Guwahati would increasingly help Assam to emerge as a key player in the development of next-generation technology ecosystems and help the state in becoming a potential destination for skill development mission from a digital perspective. I further hope that the collaboration between Samsung and IIT-Guwahati in rolling out this skill initiative will definitely play a crucial role in helping the government develop sustainable employment options in the state,” said Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.
“Samsung R&D Institute India, Delhi has been working closely for many years with premiere engineering institutions of India to foster collaborations for joint teaching, mentoring and promoting research on advanced and emerging technologies. We are committed to work in the field of next generation technology development and participate in the growth of advanced research areas such as IoT through the network of Samsung Innovation Labs under the Samsung Digital Academy program,” said Kiho Kim, Managing Director, Samsung Research & Development Institute, Delhi.
“At Samsung, our aim is to foster a culture of innovation amongst the students and provide them with the best possible infrastructure. We are confident that Samsung Innovation Lab, which is part of our citizenship initiatives, will help students leverage the growing digital technologies market and develop their talent,” said Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India.
“IIT-Guwahati is actively looking forward to the association with Samsung India to impart cutting edge education to the students of the institute. Such initiatives will help bridge the academia-industry gap and foster more collaborations that would be a win-win situation for both. The strong interest and support of the state government will go a long way in extending the expertise of IIT-Guwahati and Samsung Innovation Lab to other parts of Assam. It would provide technical opportunities for academic excellence and development,” said Prof. TG Sitharam, Director, IIT-Guwahati.
The curriculum at the Samsung Innovation Lab at IIT-Guwahati will include Internet of Things (IoT), embedded systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The course will be taught over 14 weeks through classroom lectures, assignments and lab room sessions, self-study and mini projects. Extensive tutorials and approach documents will also be provided to students to facilitate practical exercises.
Samsung has so far set up five Samsung Innovation Labs in IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Roorkee as part of its Samsung Digital Academy program. More Samsung Innovation Labs will come in the near future. The current focus of the labs is on activities such as collaborative research with Samsung and course/training offered by Samsung. The Samsung Innovation Lab at IIT-Guwahati will carry out research on areas such as Pervasive Computing, Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning, IoT, Embedded Systems.