From left to right: Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary for Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government, K.T Rama Rao, Honorable Minister of IT of Telangana state, Avanish Verma, senior researcher at Smart Innovation Norway, and Ambika Oberoi of Innovation Norway Delhi.


Smart Innovation Norway’s AI cluster enters collaboration with Telangana in India:

“Opens new doors and possibilities”

Cluster for Applied AI, managed by Smart Innovation Norway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State government of Telangana on January 2nd.

By Mari Kristine Buckholm, 8th of January 2020

“The MoU was signed during the occasion of the declaration of the year 2020 as the year of AI by the Government of Telangana,” says Avanish Verma, senior researcher at Smart Innovation Norway.

In addition to the agreement with Smart Innovation Norway and the company’s Cluster for Applied AI, seven more Memorandums of Understanding were signed with INTEL, ADOBE, etc.

Knowledge exchange

“The collaboration will open new doors and possibilities for members of the AI cluster to enter and explore India’s most digitized state, Telangana, and provide them with direct access to end buyers and state government,” explains Verma.

The Indian-Norwegian collaboration will facilitate knowledge exchange, developing joint solutions, immersion programs, soft landing support in India for AI cluster members, start-up exchange programs, faculty and student exchange as well as joint research opportunities.

“We are thankful to Innovation Norway for their continued support during the negotiations with the Government of Telangana,” comments Verma.

Minister: “We can bring about amazing changes”

According to K.T Rama Rao, Minister for Information Technology, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, the Telangana Governemnt intends to make extensive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in e-governance, healthcare, agriculture and education, in the coming years to deliver efficient services to people.

“If ‘Intelligent Technology’ is harnessed properly, it can tackle healthcare and other issues. People will be sceptical as they were when the IT boom happened but we can bring about amazing changes. We have no option but to leapfrog technologies and cannot afford to lag behind,” Mr. Rao stated to

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