Adding another feather to its cap, as IIM Kozhikode inches towards a remarkable year commemorating its Silver Jubilee, a Centre for Digital Innovation and Transformation (CDiT) was inaugurated in a virtual function here. Padma Bhushan Awardee & Co-founder of Infosys Kris Gopalakrishnan was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function with IIMK Director Prof. Debashis Chatterjee.
In his inaugural address, Gopalakrishnan, congratulated IIM Kozhikode for this initiative and expressed hope that the industry becomes an active participant in the activities of this Center because it is at the intersection of academic and industry activity. He also encouraged the Centre to strive for excellence to come up with sustainable business ideas, create better products through core research activities which are for the betterment of lives and the society. He laid out seven significant milestones for the centre and remarked “The growth model of this century will be founded on innovation and not on consumption. India will lead the world in innovation in the 21st century and this bound to be India’s century.”
Director IIM Kozhikode & Patron of the Centre, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee appreciated the effort of the team which put together this Centre and said IIMK’s mission to go global will receive a massive boost with this initiative about bringing digital transformation. He further added that “Sustainability should be at the core of all transformation and the world today is moving from consumption to innovation and from producing to caring. The sheer scale, scope and potential impact that India will have on 21st century business makes IIMK’s Vision 2047 of Globalizing Indian thought a worthwhile aspiration.”
IIM Kozhikode has been a pioneer in digital outreach and was the first Business School in Asia to conduct programmes for working executives through satellite delivery systems (later through dedicated internet), called Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) mode, the first of its kind in Asia back in 2001. At an age and time when the Government initiatives like Digital India are transforming the society, IIM Kozhikode’s Centre for Digital Innovation and Transformation will promote and coordinate interdisciplinary research in emerging digital technologies that are relevant for organizations, Government and society in general, – added Prof. R Radhakrishna Pillai, Head CDiT. The centre’s primary objectives are as follows:
Developing expertise in the emerging areas of Digital Technologies and their applications in Organizations, Government and Society.
Facilitating the Digitisation / Digital Transformation of IIMK
Supporting and empowering the Society in the use and adoption of Digital Technologies
The focus areas of emerging technologies that Centre will be engaging with include Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Analytics, Digital e-governance, Digital Economy, Digital strategy, Cyber Security, Green IT, Digital Payments, E-Commerce, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Digital Health.
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