India and Cyprus Collaborate to Launch DLT Innovation Club 


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India’s Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) has joined forces with the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and  Block co, to launch Kerala Blockchain Academy Innovation Club (KBAIC) – Decentralized India Chapter. The initiative is aimed at making it easier for members of KBAIC to get exposed to the revolutionary distributed ledger technology (DLT), reports The New Indian Express on September 2, 2019. 

India’s DLT Academy Now Live 

Per sources close to the matter, India’s Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), a state government initiative run by the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management –  Kerala (IIITM-K) has forged alliances with Block co, a Cyprus-based blockchain startup and the University of Nicosia (UNIC) to launch the Kerala Blockchain Academy Innovation Club (KBAIC).

Reportedly, KBAIC will function as the Indian chapter of Decentralized, a global blockchain student network with a presence in multiple countries across the globe. The team says the initiative will enable members of the club to gain real exposure into blockchain technology by working closely with members of Decentralized. 

Furthermore, the team firmly believes that the collaboration with UNIC will go a long way in strengthening KBA’s initiatives and position Kerala as the blockchain hub of Asia. 

Established in 2017 with a vision of using blockchain technology for the public good, KBA claims to have trained 1000 candidates in various areas of DLT. 

The KBAIC Advantage 

KBA has reportedly collaborated with the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) to set up Kerala Blockchain Academy Innovative Clubs (KBAICs) in various academic institutions. 

KBAIC plans to take advantage of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell (IEDC) of KSUM to promote entrepreneurship and help students of member organizations to explore the latest advancements in blockchain technology to build better careers.

The team says KBAIC membership is free and member institutions will be allowed to participate in workshops, seminars, faculty development programs, hackathons, and internships. 

With the growing popularity of blockchain technology, a vast array of institutions of higher learning are now offering DLT courses in order not to be left behind in innovation.

Earlier in February 2019, BTCManager informed that Ripple, the San Francisco-based fintech project in charge of Ripple (XRP), has on-boarded 11 new schools into its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). 

In May 2019, New Jersey’s Rutgers Business School launched its Blockchain Hub, a student-run project aimed at training and educating students on DLT. 

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