Named after one of IIT-M alumni, Shri Pratap Subrahmanyam, the facility will focus on the areas of Computer Architecture, Security, Machine Learning and VLSI Design
In a recent update from the policy chambers, Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar virtually unveiled Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence, Security Hardware and Architecture (PS CDISHA) at IIT, Madras. Named after one of IIT-M alumni from the class of 1985 and a contributor to its creation, Shri Pratap Subrahmanyam, the facility will work as part of the Computer Science Engineering Department. As per reports, it will focus on the areas of computer architecture, security, machine learning and VLSI design. During the inauguration ceremony, the minister remarked that in the next five years, centres of gravity in the technology space will be rebuilt around newer geopolitics and talent pools, for which India is strongly positioned.
Sh Chandrasekhar underlined the government initiatives under the Semicon India Programme and Digital India RISC-V (DIR-V) Program. “Our focus is on creating manufacturing capacity, packaging and verification capacity and capabilities, design research and skills. We have unprecedented opportunities to capitalise and achieve our trillion-dollar digital goal set by our Prime Minister,” he noted.
Unveiling the centre, Electronics Minister also praised the efforts of the chief architect of the Digital India RISC-V Microprocessor programme (DIR-V), Prof V Kamakoti. The professor, who is also the Director of IIT-Madras has worked to encourage start-ups in the RISC-V area and increase their global visibility.
PIB reported the minister listing the three trends that are shaping the future of the world economy: acceleration of digitalisation of the world at a blistering pace, the need increasingly for countries and enterprises to have a network or coalition of trusted sources of technology, safe and trusted partners in a technology solution, devices and products and thirdly having more and more digital talent that is in demand all around the world.
Saying that India sits at the intersection of these three trends, the minister added, “Our technologically empowered young Indians are going to shape the future of tech design and build and create new products, new devices and new solutions that will have global markets and global solutions.”
As per the government, the aim of DIR-V is to make India not only a RISC-V Talent Hub for the world but also the supplier of RISC-V SoC (System on Chips) for servers, mobile devices, automotive, IoT & microcontrollers across the globe.