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Samsung Inaugurates AR-VR Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur

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Samsung India inaugurates an AR-VR Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur under its Digital Academy Initiative, making the total number of such labs seven in the country. The new lab also tethers to Samsung’s commitment towards the government’s Skill India mission and also bolstering the Digital India initiative.

Samsung’s new lab at IIT-Jodhpur will train students on new technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), helping them learn industry-relevant skills and making them job-ready. The courses will be run by Samsung engineers in conjunction with the faculty of IIT-Jodhpur and will be offered to B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD students by the Department Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-Jodhpur. The program is set to graduate a batch of 30-35 bachelor students every year and a part of this lab would be used by research fellows to conduct their experiments as well.

In a statement published by Samsung, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, said,

“Samsung Digital Academy is a great initiative to bring one of the finest global technology leaders, Samsung and IIT Jodhpur together to form a lab dedicated for technological innovations. Samsung has a strong grip on every technology they use and I am certain that the innovation Lab at IIT- Jodhpur will enable the students to explore various technological territories and come up with discoveries and endless possibilities.”

Till date, the six labs have trained over 800 IIT students

Commenting on the occasion, Deokho Kim, Managing Director, Samsung Research & Development Institute, Delhi, said, “Samsung R&D Institute India, Delhi has been working closely for many years with premiere engineering institutions of India to foster collaborations for joint teaching, mentoring and promoting research on advanced and emerging technologies. This new Samsung Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur would specialize in AR/VR and help students pursue this disruptive innovation. We are committed to work in the field of next generation technology development and participate in the growth of advanced research areas through the network of Samsung Innovation Labs under the Samsung Digital Academy program.”

“This lab will provide opportunity to the students to get exposed to different aspects of AR and VR technologies. As AR and VR is finding applications in diverse fields like education, industrial design, robotics, infrastructure management and medicine, students of different programs of the institute including those of Medical Technology can take advantage of this facility,” said Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director IIT Jodhpur.

Having started with IIT-Delhi in 2017, Samsung’s other five Innovation Labs are located across IT-Kanpur, IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Guwahati. Till date, the six labs have trained over 800 IIT students. While the current focus of the labs is on activities such as collaborative research with Samsung and course/training offered by Samsung, the company plans to increase the number of labs in the near future.

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