PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, the Coimbatore-based autonomous arts and science college, recognized as a ‘College of Excellence’ by the University Grants Commission, and Elgi Equipments, one of the world’s leading air-compressor manufacturers, came together to inaugurate the ‘GRG-ELGi Digital Innovation Dojo’ at the college’s GRG Campus in Peelamedu. This is the first Digital Innovation Dojo, in line with ELGi’s digital transformation strategy based on the premise of ‘Experiment, Start Small & Scale Fast’. The partnership aims to provide a plethora of opportunities for women to acquire specialized technical skills while defining solutions and exploring areas of development, ultimately resulting in valuable industry experience for the participant students, together with workable solutions and fresh perspectives for ELGi.
“We are thankful to Elgi Equipments for joining forces with us to cultivate and strengthen students’ practical knowledge and skillset. The GRG-ELGi Digital Innovation DOJO will showcase the effective implementation of a strong industry-academia collaboration and how it benefits various stakeholders and, most importantly, society. In the future, we hope to help other companies and institutions establish similar facilities that will propel us to the front and centre of digital innovation as the future belongs to those willing to adapt and change,” said Dr R. Nandini, Chairperson of GRG Institutions.
At the inauguration, Dr Jairam Varadaraj, Managing Director, Elgi Equipments said, “At ELGi, we believe collaboration is at the heart of successful business. The talent of tomorrow will succeed if business corporations and the academia bolster collaboration efforts with the purpose of driving value research and society-shaping, business-forward innovation. Equally imperative is the focus on adopting new ways of helping graduates gain relevant experience, ensuring they enter the workforce equipped and job-ready. We are delighted to partner with PSGR Krishnammal College for Women. While we’re excited about the possibilities, we’re confident that the Digital Innovation Dojo will upskill and empower young women students, creating a talent pool for the future as we continue to advance on our digital transformation journey.”
The ‘GRG-ELGi Digital Innovation Dojo’ equipped with the necessary computational systems and software from ELGi, will engage approximately 20 interns at any given time. The Dojo or learning center will embrace extensive and effective use of the agile scrum framework for project management and technology advancements. Aside, all interns will have the opportunity to work on technology platforms spanning Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Virtual/Augmented reality, along with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The students will also be able to interact, learn, work, and be mentored by ELGi’s industry leaders across the globe, empowering them to explore various employment opportunities in the digital transformation arena.