With the aim of nurturing the startup ecosystem and helping Indian startups create world-class software products, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has embarked on a journey to establish centers of excellence (CoE) focused on the domain in various emerging technological fields such as AI and computer vision, IoT, fintech, blockchain, augmented & virtual reality, gaming & animation, etc., through a collaborative model. STPI has in the past launched 13 centers of excellence in Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Mohali, Bengaluru, Pune, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Imphal and Lucknow.
Commemorating its 30th founding day last week, STPI Managing Director Omkar Rai said 12 Centers of Excellence have been recently approved and will soon be launched. These include AIC STPINEXT, a CoE in health technologies, Big Data & AI in Bengaluru, an IoT CoE in agriculture in Akola, an increasing efficiency CoE in Bengaluru, FinTech CoE in Gandhinagar, SmartAgri IoT CoE in Patna, one CoE in emerging technologies in Bhubaneswar and CoE in Industry 4.0 Technology in Visakhapatnam and one CoE each in Gangtok (IT applications in healthcare and agritech), Itanagar (GIS applications, including drone technology ), Kohima (computer applications in graphic design), Aizawl (games), Agartala (analytical data).
“Reimagining, recreation, restoration and repositioning are in STPI’s DNA. All of these contributed to the establishment of 13 CoEs in various emerging technologies and the subsequent planning of the launch of the next 12 CoEs in a time-bound manner. These centers of excellence will play a central role in boosting R&D, innovation, intellectual property creation and product development, making India a producing nation in times to come, ”said Rai.
Working under the Ministry of Electronics and Informatics, STPI started with three centers. It now has 60 centers with 52 centers in level II / III cities. “From Rs 17 crore of IT / ITES exports in 1992-92, our software exports increased to Rs 5.08 lakh crore in 2020-21 despite the pandemic,” Rai said.