The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) has applied for 4 acres of land at Bengal Silicon Valley in New Town, where they plan to set up a Centre of Excellence on artificial intelligence.
ISI director Sanghamitra Bandyopadhaya said the centre would provide facilities for research and training on emerging technologies. “It would be a large-scale research-cum-training facility for students, researchers and industry people on emerging trends, such as artificial intelligence and data science with application of statistics,” she said.
Besides ISI, a number of IT companies and research and development institutes, including Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), have shown interest in getting land at the New Town IT hub in the second phase of land allotment process. According to a source in the state IT & E department, Cognizant have asked for 25 acres under the government’s new land value exchange policy, framed to relocate all IT companies from Bantala to New Town. Cognizant currently has two campuses in Bantala.
Society for Applied Microwave Research (SAMEER), an autonomous research and development laboratory, set up in Mumbai in 1984 under the ministry of electronics and information technology, has also applied for three acres of land, where it plans to expand its existing research and development unit in the state. SAMEER’s Kolkata centre was set up in 1994 for conducting research in millimetre wave technology. Capgemini, that had earlier applied in the first phase and then pulled out of it, has again submitted application for seven acres.
Of the 200 acres of land in Silicon Valley, 107 acres are in the allotment process. Hidco had floated the expression of interest for allotting 74 acres of land in the first phase, of which Reliance Jio applied for 40 acres, TCS 20 acres and FirstSource 4 acres. The authorities floated the second expression of interest last month, to allot another 90 acres.
Source: Times of India