Bengaluru, NFAPost: Huawei Telecommunication India, part of global telecom hardware and solution provider Huawei, has offered to train 2,000 diploma and engineering students to enhance their skills. The Karnataka state government also offered to make use of its Regulatory Sandbox under Karnataka Innovation Authority for various specific research.
A delegation of Huawei Telecommunication India Head Derek Hao met on Thursday Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan and offered to work with the state government to train 2,000 diploma and engineering students in skill development.
“Huawei is keen to impart skill development of our students in the fields of artificial intelligence and other new technologies. We will hold further talks with the company and take a decision in this regard,” Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C.N. Ashwath Narayan said.
Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan wanted the Huawei officials to make use of starting a centre of excellence at a government college and make use of the distance education programme of the various universities. The minister also exhorted the Hawai Delegation to make use of 2.5 lakh engineering students who are passing out every year from Karnataka engineering colleges.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government always backed those involved in research and technology development.
“We want to retain the flagship position as far as innovation-led by research and development. Karnataka is the first state to come up with Innovation Authority under the state government to popularise it,” said Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan,
The minister also exhorted the Hawai Delegation to hold discussion with Karnataka Skill Development Authority and partner with Technical education department to further engage for capacity building in the state for next generation technologies.
Avail regulatory sand box
Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said Karnataka Innovation Authority’s sandboxes to do frontier research are ready to open innovation without any regulatory issues.
“We are open to all companies who are ready to come up with education modules to students in frontier skill which our tech companies are looking for. We want the capacity building to happen in the state for future requirement. I want Huawei to make use of this opportunity,” said Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan.
Karnataka, the leader in research and development among other Indian states, formed Karnataka’s regulatory sandbox, a controlled environment which can be used to test disruptive technology, products or services.
“The Sand Box is open for innovation to any person and company who carry on business or has a registered office or branch office in Karnataka. Huwaei can make use of the facility to do frontier research in areas like 5G and IoT. Huawei has a large facility and the state has matured startup ecosystem,” said the minister.
Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said the state government is implementing various innovation for better governance at the various department, even in agriculture.
“Companies and individuals can use the regulatory sand box to test their products or services which should be “a genuine innovation” that should benefit consumers in Karnataka with the ability to generate employment. In any case, these will be disruptions that existing laws do not permit, resulting in regulatory barriers,” said Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan.
The Regulatory Sandbox looks at providing regulatory exemption for a year, which can be extended by one more year. This will help innovators to get up to two years to test their products or technologies in a controlled environment.
Huawei has the capability to come up with such solutions and products said Deputy Chief Minister and IT/BT Minister Dr C.N. Ashwath Narayan to NFAPost. But at the same time he made it clear that the government’s engagement with all companies are in accordance with the central government policy and programmes.