THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 20: Kerala took a major step forward in its progress towards a knowledge society with the inauguration of the country’s first digital university, based in Technocity at Mangalapuram near here on Saturday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided over the function, where Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (KUDSIT), unveiled the varsity plaque.

The digital university is set up by upgrading two-decade old Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K), a centre of excellence in information technologies established by Government of Kerala.

It is formed with a vision of creating a futuristic institution of higher learning, aspiring to set a global benchmark in digital technologies and its management. Its focus is on post graduate programmes and research besides building strong industry-academic and academic-academic linkages with leading institutions in India and abroad, they said.

The university is starting with five schools of knowledge – School of Computer Science and Engineering; School of Digital Sciences; School of Electronic Systems and Automation; School of Informatics; and School of Digital Humanities and Liberal Arts, covering science, technology and humanities aspects of the Digital world. Each school will be offering master level programmes in computer science, informatics, applied electronics and humanities with various specialization of the industry 4.0 world. – PTI