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IIITM-K plans to set up Kerala blockchain academy

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on January 19, 2018

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) has planned to set up a Kerala Blockchain Academy, arguably the first of its kind in the country. The academy will be a joint initiative of the IIITM-K and the global Blockchain Education Network (BEN), an official spokesman said here.

Saji Gopinath, Director, IIITM-K, said that the academy will seek to explore the possibilities of leveraging blockchain technology for public good. This would be done in collaboration with BEN as well as best-in-class blockchain experts and researchers group from across the world.

The technology could also be harvested in capacity building initiatives and for promoting disruptive innovations and entrepreneurship.

Asharaf S, Associate Professor, IIITM-K, said the academy would act as a window to the world of opportunities in blockchain technology for students, young professionals, budding entrepreneurs, local industry and governmental agencies.

An advisory board featuring global leaders headed by Madhavan Nambiar, a retired civil servant, is being formed to guide the academy. IIITM-K will be the Chairman of the advisory board. Several globally recognised leaders in blockchain technology have expressed willingness to join the advisory and mentor groups at the academy.

Published on January 19, 2018
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