Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Kerala, has laid the foundation stone of the Digital Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram. The development is part of Kerala's major infrastructure push worth Rs 1,500 crore or $183 million.
In addition to this, The Prime Minister has also laid the foundation stone and inaugurated projects worth more than Rs 3,200 crore in the state.
According to the government release, The third-generation Science Park will come up close to the Digital University of Kerala at Technopark Phase IV - Technocity.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw, various ministers of the Left government and Congress's Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor are part of the event, the release said.
The Digital Science Park project had been conceived as a multidisciplinary cluster-based interactive-innovation zone focused on digital technologies and is expected to be completed in two years, it said.
The Digital Science Park, located at Technopark Phase IV, is set to commence its operations within the next few months. It will consist of two buildings, covering a total area of 2,00,000 square feet, with the first building occupying 1,50,000 square feet and housing the Centre of Excellence (CoE), including research labs and a digital incubator, spread over five floors.
The second building will contain the administrative and Digital Experience centre. The state government has already allotted Rs 200 crore out of the total project cost of over Rs 1,500 crore, while the remaining funds will be generated from other sources, including industry partners.
At the outset, the Digital Science Park will support industry and business units, along with technology startups specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, electronics, smart hardware, and sustainable and smart materials.
As a part of this initiative, the UK-based semiconductor and software design firm, ARM, has inked an agreement with Digital University Kerala to collaborate on academic, research, and startup-related activities associated with this centre.
According to Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Digital Science Park is envisaged as a key research facility for developing digital products and services by industry and business units in collaboration with academia. As a third generation Science Park, the Digital Science Park will house common facilities to support the development of products in the area of Industry 4.0 Technologies like AI, data analytics, cyber security, smart materials etc, said the PMO statement.
Commenting on the education and awareness level of Kerala, the Prime Minister said that the hard work and politeness of the people of Kerala give them a unique identity. He said the people of Kerala are capable of understanding the global scenario, and they can appreciate how India is being considered a vibrant spot of development amidst difficult times and the promise of India’s development is being acknowledged globally.