IIT Bombay Signs MoU with Google India

18 Dec 2023

IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Google India to establish a Chair Professorship in Generative AI, to be called the ‘Google Cloud Chair.’ The term ‘Chair’ is one of the highest honours awarded in the academic domain and is generally bestowed to the top faculty members at IIT Bombay as an acknowledgment of their contributions to research and teaching.

Google India, as part of its CSR initiatives, will sponsor the Chair Professorship to foster research, strengthen collaborations, and drive academic advancements at the Institute. The appointee will develop and enhance courses, collaborate with Google, and provide leadership in their field. Evaluation criteria for the Chair’s impact will be jointly determined by Google and IIT Bombay.

As generative AI evolves, its influence on technology and society increases concurrently. IIT Bombay is determined to lead from the front in the AI revolution, and Google India’s endowment plays a crucial role in achieving this goal.

Speaking about this collaboration, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, said, “The Institute is thankful to Google IT Services India Private Limited for their generous endowment. Such Chairs are an essential constituent to IIT Bombay’s endeavour of attracting the best and brightest students, researchers, and professors and creating future leaders and innovators. I am certain that this is just the beginning of many more collaborations between IIT Bombay and Google India.”

At a time when AI’s transformative potential is increasingly evident, the establishment of the ‘Google Cloud Chair’ at IIT Bombay represents a pioneering partnership that harnesses the power of academia and industry collaboration. This endeavour not only underscores Google’s commitment to societal progress through its CSR initiatives but also highlights IIT Bombay’s dedication to leading the way in the generative AI revolution.

IIT Bombay is grateful to Google India for the setting up of the Chair Professorship in Generative AI as it signifies a joint commitment to a future defined by the potential of artificial intelligence.