IIIT-Delhi to lead Indo-European project to train robotics researchers in India

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Delhi) will now lead the IRAS-HUB project, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union (EU). The project mainly aims to address the lack of skilled robot technology talent in India.

To overcome the shortage of skilled robot technology talent in India, the IRAS-HUB project will establish three Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Hubs in India. The centers will be equipped with prototyping equipment and robotics software and will train researchers from Indian tertiary institutions (HEIs) in RAS with reputable HEI researchers and experts from the EU.

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“Robotics can bring many opportunities to a wide range of market areas in a developing country like India, such as manufacturing, agriculture, transport and logistics, and space exploration. However, the use of robotics in India has been mainly challenged by the high cost of adoption, lack of accessibility and lack of skilled talent in robotics technology,” noted Professor Jainendra Shukla, Professor Deputy (CSE, HCD) IIIT-Delhi, adding, “Leading the Indo-European collaboration for capacity building in robotics, IIT-Delhi is committed to bringing about transformational change in the field, which will help to the overall technological advancement of the country.”

The EU has approved funding of approximately €800,000 for three years, which involves ten partners from five different countries, including four Indian HEIs. As a lead institute, IIIT-Delhi will collaborate with other partners to achieve the goals, the partner organizations are:

1. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India

2. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India

3. University Degli Studi Di Genova, Italy

4. Politechnika Warszawska, Poland

5. Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain

6. Development of creative thinking, Greece

7. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

8. Addverb Technologies, India

9. Polytechneio Kritis, Greece

“The objective of this project is the development of robotic technology for problem solving in various sectors in India, such as agriculture and transport. Through this, we will also promote skills and capacity building, and provide training to foster innovation, start-ups and aspiring robotics entrepreneurs,” Professor Shukla said.

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