Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 25 laid the foundation stone of Digital Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Park is envisioned as a key research facility to develop digital products and services by industry and business units in collaboration with academia.
As a third-generation Science Park, it will house common facilities to support the development of products in the area of Industry 4.0 Technologies like AI, data analytics, cyber security, smart materials etc, said the PMO statement. The state-of-the-art basic infrastructure will support high-end applied research by industries and the co-development of products in association with the Universities. The initial investment for Phase-1 of the project is around Rs 200 crore while the total project outlay has been estimated at around Rs 1,515 crore.
India’s first Digital Science Park aims to transform Kerala into a knowledge economy. It is coming up at a 13.93 acre site as part of the Technopark Phase IV-Technocity and located close to the Kerala University of Digital Sciences Innovation and Technology. It has been conceived as a multidisciplinary cluster-based interactive innovation zone focused on digital technologies.
The Digital Science Park is expected to be completed in two years. It will develop and leverage on network overlay of communications built over a triple helix involving universities, industry and government.