Tech Mahindra and College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Bhubaneswar, have collaborated to set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) within the college campus to train young graduates in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Tech Mahindra has also started operations in its facility for international business process outsourcing (BPO) operations at Fortune Tower, Bhubaneshwar.

With regard to this, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Tech Mahindra and CET. The MoU outlines the government’s objective to upskill young students by familiarising them with new-age technologies like AI and equipping them with the knowledge of applying these technologies in everyday life. The Tech Mahindra facility will provide additional employment in the BPO sector for the state and will also help the skilled-In-Odisha youth seeking an opportunity in international business domain.

As per the terms of the MoU, the CoE will serve as a platform to incubate new solutions which will leverage cutting-edge AI technology through proof of concepts (PoC), to develop business use cases that are impacting manufacturing industries, public service organizations etc.

Commenting on the development, Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, said, “The collaboration between Tech Mahindra and CET to build the centre of excellence powered by artificial intelligence is a step towards fulfilling our dream to make Odisha one of the top three investment destinations in the country. It is also an opportunity for our youth and young professionals to leverage next generation technologies to drive innovation and create sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, CP Gurnani, managing director and chief executive officer, Tech Mahindra, said, “Tech Mahindra’s collaboration with the College of Engineering and Technology, Odisha, is a step towards enabling our young workforce to create smart and sustainable solutions for the future by leveraging next generation technologies like Artificial Intelligence. The state-of-the-art centre of excellence will help tap the immense potential of the students to address the evolving technology needs of local industries, besides significantly improving their skills and future employability.”