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Gov inaugurates AI Skills Lab on 7th Annual Day of Regional Science Centre

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 3 Feb: UCOST celebrated the 7th Annual Day of the Regional Science Centre in its premises at Vigyan Dham, here, today. Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd) was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
RSC is the centre of edutainment in Dehradun, which works on science popularisation and complementing science education.
Prof Durgesh Pant, Director General, welcomed the Governor and guided him to the Intel AI Skill Lab for the inaugural ceremony. The Governor interacted with Shweta Khurana, Senior Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Global Government Affairs Group, Intel, and Prof Pant on the objectives and various aspects of the lab.
Participants from all walks of life will be able to learn and understand AI through its programmes, AI for Youth and AI for All. The lab offers resources necessary to develop AI-based social impact solutions alongside inculcating problem-solving skills among the youth of Uttarakhand. The lab will serve as a hub for outreach to the masses for creating public awareness about AI inclusively, through its programme for citizens called “AI for All”. This AI Skills Lab comprises of three different corners such as Learning Corner where youth begin their 4-stage learning journey and develop foundational concepts by engaging in several fun hands-on activities, experiments and games; Development Corner, where youth extensively work on python programming and AI modelling; and Inferencing Corner, where youth test their AI-enabled social impact solutions and transform them into working prototypes as evidence of achievement.
After the inauguration, the Governor visited various facilities of the centre, in which he appreciated the Himalaya Gallery the most. Prof Pant delivered the welcome address and briefed those present about the Rural Science Congress, which is to be held from 10 to 12 February at the Vigyan Dham.
The gathering was also addressed by Shweta Khurana, who elaborated on the need to empower India’s young population for the future, “There is a need to enable and empower people from all walks of life, with the right skills and resources to understand tech superpowers like AI for successful adoption and digital transformation.” She said that Intel’s collaboration with the Regional Science Centre in setting up this AI Skills Lab is a step in that direction. The lab aims to help demystify and democratise access to AI for everyone and boost India’s digital readiness.
The Governor, in his address, said he was thrilled to observe the facilities of RSC and urged families and schools to visit the centre. He stressed on technological development for holistic development of the state and the Nation, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VI), augmented reality (AI), robotics, machine learning, block chain technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), etc. as the future of societal development, lead by AI.
“Keeping in view the importance of this emerging and its profound applications in various fields of human activity, I congratulate Intel Corporation and team RSC and UCOST for bringing such a beautiful and enabling resource to the centre. It will cater to the need of creating awareness and designing AI applications in the state,” he declared. Thereafter, the Governor released the calendar and annual report of RSC and curtain-raising of the Rural Science Congress & 17th USSTC.
Prof Onkar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Technical University, other dignitaries, media persons and invited students and teachers of school and colleges were among those present on the occasion.