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Bangalore, India - 18 Sep 2013: IBM today announced that leading universities across India are using IBM's technologies to improve the quality of the education process, introduce new curricula and prepare their students for jobs in the future. IBM has played a pivotal role in providing innovative technology solutions to the Indian education sector. Zinnov, a leading advisory firm, recently recognized IBM India as the leader amongst MNC (multinational) Technology Centers that have contributed significantly to the development of the University Ecosystem in India, for the third consecutive year.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Karunya University – Coimbatore, and the Shiv Nadar University (SNU) have selected IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, IBM System x iDataPlex servers, IBM PureSystems, IBM Power servers and storage solutions, virtualization equipment and software to aid high end research, refine processes and elevate the IT infrastructure in the universities.
"With education being high on the public agenda, and with students, professors and the society calling out for new ideas and solutions for better and new skills, the agreement between IBM and these leading universities in India, recognizes the increasing relevance of smarter computing as an approach to IT," says Tobby Kakkamthottil, Midmarket and Inside Sales Leader, IBM India/South Asia. "IBM's smarter computing approach helps clients address increasingly more sophisticated workloads and applications, efficiently. It enables organizations of any size – from midmarket clients to large enterprises, leading universities or the state administration - to optimize their business processes and gain competitive advantage, spurring growth."
The education sector in India is at the brink of IT enabled transformation. IBM Research is also working on technologies for intelligent, interactive content, learning content management and delivery, as well as personalized education, which, once mature can plug gaps that result from challenges in reach and scale, engaging content and lack of personalization.
Towards knowledge based economy
Supercomputing can be used for everything from weather forecasting to searching for a cancer cure. With data starting to flow, we are quickly approaching the exascale* barrier. However, today an exascale computer would require approximately 100 MW power - an equivalent to that used by more than 100 000 homes in India, In order to reap the economic and scientific benefits from the super computing, capabilities that offer highest computing capacity per watt, become instrumental. In that space IBM's Smarter Computing approach to IT becomes increasingly relevant.
Advancing scientific industrial and life sciences research, the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Bhopal (IISER Bhopal) and Shiv Nadar University all turned to HPC (High Performance Computing), implementing the country's largest supercomputing clusters within the education sector. These three universities are playing an important role in shaping India's national research agenda.
"In high-energy physics and bio-medical research, for example, simulation has become an integral part of science alongside theory and experimentation. Trial run for years, generating enormous volumes of data to process, and complex modeling that integrates mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology with advanced, high performance computing and engineering." says Prof. Sunil Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. "If universities are to produce highly qualified students in the various branches of science, they need to focus on integrating science education and research with advanced information technologies - i.e. they need to consider adding supercomputing capacity."
As part of today's news, IBM is also announcing that Karunya University, one of India's top engineering universities has selected IBM PureSystems solutions to improve online student services by more effectively processing applications, such as handling online enrolment, exam scheduling, virtual campus management, etc.
Getting ready for new curricula
IBM also offers a wide range of products and solutions that enhances the curriculum of the educational institutes ranging from teaching computer science, information technology, and business and marketing courses. It enables students to develop competitive skills on the latest industry-standard software, systems, and tools. IBM also collaborates with Business Schools across India to help and enable business managers of tomorrow, address the need for skills in Big Data and Analytics. So far, over 10 institutions in India, like Sharda University and Galgotias University, have setup an IBM Business Analytics Lab, where participants are offered a two year full time MBA in Business Analytics in association with IBM.
IBM India also runs ‘Project Praviin’, aimed at bridging the gap between what is taught as part of curriculum in campuses and the real life situations business organizations encounter. Under this project, IBM has trained more than 150,000 students and helped certify more than 90,000 students as well as set up incubation centres across India. Today, there are over 150 IBM Software Centers of Excellence across 100 Indian cities through Project Praviin backed by industry-ready curriculum, professional certification and incubation programs.
* a computer, capable of a quintillion – or 10 to the power of 18 – floating point operations per second
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