Kerala govt to set up digital varsity, to moot ordinance

Kerala is set to get a digital university soon as the state government decides to upgrade the present Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) in Thiruvananthapuram to varsity status.

A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, decided to recommend to the Governor Arif Mohammad Khan to issue an ordinance in this regard.

The new digital university would be known as "The Kerala University of Digital Sciences Innovation and Technology," an official press release said.

The proposed university is part of the LDF government's various initiatives to promote and develop information technology industry and digital technology. The core objective behind the setting up of the university is to promote innovative research and entrepreneurship and strengthen industry-educational cooperation in the broad field of digital technology.

The university is envisaged to give thrust upon new technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, block chain, cognitive science, the Internet of Things and augmented reality, the release said.

The varsity would also help to develop quality human resource, it said.