Cisco’s ThingQbator to help students develop digital solutions

The "ThingQbator" would be established in five institutes -- IIITMK in Kerala, IIT-BHU in Varanasi, Amrita University in Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women in Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology in Bhubaneswar.

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New Delhi, July 15: Soon, students can come up with digital solutions to local problems as the networking giant Cisco India is setting up a network of innovative labs called “ThingQbator” in five academic institutions in the country.

The main objective of these labs is to provide digital skills training and enable entrepreneurship among student communities, the company said in a statement.

According to Cisco India, these innovation labs are being set up as part of its CSR initiative in collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation.

The “ThingQbator” would be established in five institutes — Indian institute of Information Technology and Management, (IIITMK) in Kerala, IIT-BHU in Varanasi, Amrita University in Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women in Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology in Bhubaneswar.

The labs will enable students to get hands on with technology and conceive digital solutions to local problems, the company added.

“With our philanthropic and CSR efforts, we are committed to positively impact 50 million beneficiaries in India the next seven years,” said Cisco Foundation Trustee and Senior Vice President (IT & CIO International) V C Gopalratnam.

He further said that a Cisco research says that there will more than 500 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2030 and this will have a profound effect on not just businesses but our everyday lives too.

“In order to make the most of the plethora of opportunities that lie ahead of us, we will need to harness the power of technology to create an inclusive digital economy,” he noted.

The company’s Cisco Networking Program, Talent Outreach Program and Spoken English Program are some of the other CSR initiatives being implemented.

Cisco India is also supporting Akshaya Patra Foundation in the midday meal program to help feed children across the country and digitise their kitchens across seven locations.

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