“We want to see Hyderabad as the most happening city for AI activity… We would like to see the city as a house for AI research,” said Telangana IT Minister D. Sridhar Babu.

HYDERABAD, May 18 (The CONNECT) – The Telangana Government is keen to set up a dedicated Artificial Intelligence City in Hyderabad and position the city as the ‘AI capital of India’.

“We want to see Hyderabad as the most happening city for AI activity.  We would like to see the city as a house for AI research,” said Telangana IT Minister D. Sridhar Babu, today.

Addressing the Facility Managers summit organised by decade old Telangana Facility Managers Council (TFMC), Babu said, the Who is who of the AI world must work from here, and more and more AI products and services be developed from here.

As regards the AI City concept, he said the stated government has already allocated 200 acres for the project.

We are here for a change,” tge Minister said, and the State government is sincerely trying to bring in changes on all fronts. He said the firm foundation for the IT and ITES industry was laid in 1992 and since then in the past three decades, it has witnessed exponential growth. Over the years a beautiful ecosystem was also developed and “we are working to bring the best brains back to Telangana”.

Aiming for technology-driven growth, the Telangana government plans to host the AI Global Summit in Hyderabad in July, the Minister revealed. We will see that many AI intellectuals from across the globe take part in the Summit.  The Telangana government will absorb AI into its governance, Sridhar Babu added.

Another important step and the most ambitious project the state is looking at is the setting up of a Skill University in August this year.  It will be on par with the best of the best global institutions.  It is going to be another landmark like ISB for the city of Hyderabad, he said.

Later TFMC presented the Social Excellence Awards and the Green Awards.  The Social Excellence Awards were presented to a couple of traffic cops.

The Best Greening the Future award 2023-2024 was presented to L & T Metro; Eco Warriors-MSN Labs: Best Sustainable Solutions — My Home Group; Earth’s Champion Award—Sattva Knowledge City; Green Innovation Award to Raheja Mindspace; Shaping a Greener Tomorrow award to Q-City; Sustainability in Action Award to Divya Sree NSL; Eco trailblazer award to RMZ; Eco Champion award to Micron; Environmental Stewardship Award to Microsoft; Eco Advocate Leadership award to TCS; Eco Innovation TrailBlazer Award to Infosys; Green leadership innovation award to GMR; Sustainability catalyst award to NSL; Eco-conscious community engagement award to Innopolis; Green technology integration award to EXTRA and Conservation Excellence award to LTI Mindtree.

A Handloom Ramp walk was organised where facility management professionals from 21 IT companies both men and women sporting handloom garments walked on the ramp.  The purpose behind such a ramp walk which has been an annual feature of FM Summit each year was to encourage people wear handloom clothes at least once a week so that the poor weavers get encouragement.