Intel moots synergy among partners for tech adoption

Intel India on Wednesday called for further synergy and cooperation between the business community, policy makers and government to accelerate technology adoption to realise Smart City projects and digitisation initiatives.

Speaking while participating in the Intel India Embedded Challenge, a national level embedded design contest, Intel India President Kumud M Srinivasan said that India is on the cusp of change with the advent of the digitalisation programme.

“The government should come up with a revised policy roadmap in its efforts to make the digitisation campaign give greater benefits to citizens. The important thing is that the Modi-led government is focussed on its initiatives,” Srinivasan said.

She said that the smart city and digitisation technologies available in the West cannot be replicated in India. 

“We have growing demand to come up with a new solution on this front. Rather than imitating the technology available in the West, we should evolve technologies which are good for the Indian  context,” she said. 

She said that her company is in the forefront of optimisng emerging opportunities since it has end-to-end solutions for these projects like software, sensors, embedded solutions and other hardware.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) market in India is in a nascent stage and sky is the limit for imagining the opportunities. Here the last mile connectivity is a challenge and the government should come up with solid policy initiatives,” she said.

Srinivasan said that the IoT will help the country leapfrog in the development initiatives. 

She also said Intel India is associated with 750 institutes in the country for the last 10 years and is figuring out solutions relevant for the country. 

“We want out technologies to be cost-competitive for the Indian market. For this, we need more geo-centric innovation. If the Industrial Policy and Promotion Council and HRD Ministry can come up with innovative programmes, we can make this happen soon,” she said.

Innovative curricula

Intel South Asia Corporate Affairs Group Director Shutosh Chadha said academia should come up with innovative curricula so that students will have problem-solving capabilities. 

“Rather than going for memorisation and mugging-up, students should be given chances to face real problems of society and come up with innovative solutions.
We hope that Intel’s initiatives like the Intel India Embedded Challenge will further accelerate these initiatives,” Chadha said.

As part of the programme, students showcased their skills in IoT, wearable computing and smart solutions for a social cause.

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