Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, IT & BT, Science & Technology K J George, who inaugurated the centre, said the government of Karnataka aims to transform the state economy through innovation.
"It can be possible through technology, productivity, healthy enterprises and better citizen services. Building robust and versatile technology capabilities, the state can spearhead the way to new business opportunities," he said.
Nasscom also signed an MoU with Niti Aayog to collaboratively foster applied research, accelerating adoption and ethics, privacy and security.
The opening of CoE comes at a time when NITI Aayog is coming up with draft policy on AI, realising its disruption across all sectors. Nasscom will facilitate collaboration between NITI Aayog and CoEs and will include NITI Aayog as a knowledge partner.
Nasscom has partnered with Intel and IBM as its founding members and technology advisors for augmenting and accelerating the data science and AI ecosystem in the country.
Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said Karnataka has led the IT revolution in India and has always been at the forefront of science and technology.
"The Centre is the next logical step required to provide the right fillip to areas of data sciences and AI and give a head start to, not just the state, but India as a destination to develop global product solutions," she said.
She said the vision behind the CoE is to act as a catalyst for developing the emerging technology startup ecosystem of the country.