Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has signed an MoU with professor Soumitra Dutta, an alumnus of IIT Delhi, and professor Lourdes Casanova for the constitution of "The Soumitra Dutta Chair in Artificial Intelligence". The two academicians have pledged a support of Rs. 1 crore for the purpose. The Chair has been named after Soumitra Dutta and it is envisaged to promote excellence and leadership in teaching, research, and development in the field of artificial intelligence and to facilitate wider and deeper interaction between the industry and IIT Delhi faculty and students.
"I am very grateful to faculty of IIT Delhi for the valuable education they provided to me and I am glad to contribute to the future academic excellence of IIT Delhi," professor Dutta said.
Dutta, best known for being the architect of the Global Innovation Index, did B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985 from IIT Delhi and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California in Berkeley. He is an authority on the impact of new technology on the business world with a special focus on strategies for driving growth and innovation in the digital economy.
IIT Delhi is among the top education institutions from the country that have made it to the top 150 list of the ‘Global University Employability Ranking’. Produced by the French HR consultancy ‘Emerging’ and published by the ‘Times Higher Education’, the annual ranking lists the top 150 institutions worldwide for employability, based on a global survey of around 7,000 recruitment and international managers from major businesses.