Microsoft announces Intelligent Cloud Hub program in India to build an AI-ready workforce

Abhishek Baxi

Microsoft has introduced the Intelligent Cloud Hub program in India with an aim to help build AI and cloud computing skills required for future jobs.

The company aims to equip research and higher education institutions with AI infrastructure as well as build curriculum and faculty capability to skill students in AI and cloud technologies. India is the first country to roll it out and Microsoft has invited participation from deemed universities and NIRF ranked institutions across the country.

Microsoft will set up the core AI infrastructure and an IoT Hub for all selected campuses and offer a wide range of AI developmental tools and Azure AI Services. Additionally, it will assist faculty in strategizing content and curricula for project-based and experiential learning. For research focused institutions, Microsoft will provide AI-based recommendations for potential areas of research.

A 3-year collaborative program, the Intelligent Cloud Hub aims to support 100 institutions in the first three years. As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will also help institutions in branding and to garner recognition through national showcase of selected projects.

Manish Prakash, Country General Manager-PS, Health and Education, Microsoft India, believes that jobs of tomorrow will require a very different set of skills, and collaborating, training and working with AI will be as important as collaborating with people. “It is now more critical than ever for education institutions to integrate new cloud and AI technologies,” he said in a press statement.