Noida: AKTU gets $1 lakh research grant from Google India
With this money, the state university plans to set up a state-of-the-art laboratory at the CAS in Lucknow for research and training students to develop android applications.noida Updated: Dec 14, 2017 22:31 IST
Internet search giant Google will provide a one-time grant of $1 lakh (nearly Rs70 lakh) to the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) of the Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to promote research and strengthen its infrastructure.
With this money, the state university plans to set up a state-of-the-art laboratory at the CAS in Lucknow for research and training students to develop android applications. AKTU intends to develop the laboratory at CAS within the next two months.
The grant was announced on December 5 at the 49th financial meeting of AKTU which was presided by vice-chancellor Dr Vinay Pathak and other representatives of the university.
According to representatives of Google, India, the grant was provided under the company’s initiative to create a highly skilled tech workforce that is readily employable by the industry and helps spur innovation. “To achieve this goal, we launched our Mobile Skilling programme aimed at benefitting more than two million student developers in India. We’re doing it through various channels and by engaging with a variety of partners. This grant is a part of the effort to set up mobile development labs for students,” a Google representative said.
Talking to Hindustan Times about the one-time grant, CAS director Professor Manish Gaur said, “It is a matter of pride for us that such a reputed MNC is investing in a university of Uttar Pradesh. Google had sanctioned this amount earlier but the finance committee of the university had to approve the grant. This grant has been given under the Google Code Lab Development initiative. It is an investment Google intends to put in our students. Google representatives have requested us to put the outcome of all our research on an open-source platform so it can be accessed by the public for free,” Gaur said.
Gaur said the amount will be spent in two parts.
“We want our students to learn android developing skills and trainers from Google will help with this. Secondly, we also want to develop a world-class laboratory for computer science at the Centre for Advanced Studies where students can get access to all the updated equipment and software. We wish to promote research among students and this amount will be used judiciously,” Gaur said.
There are over 600 colleges affiliated to AKTU across the state and over 150 of them are in Noida and Ghaziabad.