Meta on Tuesday announced that it is lending $1 million to industry body FICCI for the XR Open Source (XROS) Fellowship Program to identify 100 Indian developers working on XR (Extended Reality) technologies for the future of the Metaverse. will help.
Powered by FICCI, the XROS program will provide developers fellowship which includes stipend and mentorship.
An initiative of National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & Information technology (MeitY), will be the technical partner for the programme.
“The Metaverse will not be created by one company alone. Through programs like XR Open Source, we will support Indian developers working on these exciting technologies,” said Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs, Meta.
The program will lay the foundation for India-specific solutions that are cost-effective, appropriate and localized to regional languages.
XR open source program is the second India Through which, Meta aims to foster a developer ecosystem around immersive technology and further open ecosystems for building the Metaverse.
META has previously supported and launched various open source initiatives such as No Language Left Behind (NLLB), a single multilingual AI model that supports 200 low-resource languages, including 25 Indian languages.
The XROS program is part of Meta’s Global XR Programs and Research Fund, under which the company announced earlier this year a $2 million fund for the XR Startup Program with MeitY Startup Hub.
Professor Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor Young developers and start-ups, including those from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, contribute to enable futuristic technologies like XR in the Metaverse, only then India’s vision for technology is achievable. government.
Devin Narang, FICCI Committee Member and Country Head-India, Syndicatem Renewable said, “The program provides the necessary impetus to drive the growth of investment in futuristic technologies in line with the government’s vision of making India a trillion-dollar economy by 2025 will provide.” energy.
Last year, Meta partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education education (CBSE) to bring immersive technology to over 10 million students and 1 million teachers in the next three years.
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