Hero Group and Birmingham City University Unveil a Metaverse Lab in Ludhiana

Hero Group and Birmingham City University Unveil a Metaverse Lab in Ludhiana

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In Punjab, India’s Ludhiana district, the Hero Group and Birmingham City University, UK, have launched the Munjal Birmingham City University Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBCIE). The MBCIE is a joint educational and research institute that offers courses on the principles and use of new technologies, promoting innovation, Metaverse, industry 4.0, entrepreneurship, and enhancing the state’s higher education sector.

“The lab named MBCIEverse is equipped with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR), which will offer candidates the opportunity to learn, collaborate and create applications associated with metaverse across domains to enable them to apply the same in a real-world scenario,” said Prem Kumar, Executive Director, MBCIE.

The physical facilities and equipment for the lab cost an estimated ₹8 crore to create, he added.

According to him, the institute has two brief programs called “Build Your Metaverse” for professionals and “Introduction to VR” for school students. With high-tech VR/AR headsets for teaching and research, the 16-week MBCIEverse program for professionals will offer insights into Virtual Reality, 2D, and 3D.

Specialists from the UK will provide training on how the physical world can be revived using advanced technologies, which includes a variety of head-mounted display (HMD) units and sensors, in addition to other state-of-the-art equipment, that will help professionals work and ideate across the high-end metaverse.

Also mentioned by Kumar was the low cost of the courses. For instance, the price of a four-week course for students is at ₹4,000, and a professional course for 16 weeks costs at ₹5,000. The company will also offer a bachelor’s degree program in metaverse technology, with a fee of around rupees two-lakh.

He mentioned that the facility can accommodate 200–250 candidates and has a 10,000-square-foot area allocated for metaverse and web 3.0 activities.

After completing the course, participants will receive a certification from MBCIE and Birmingham City University, UK.

“The key constraint with metaverse is the education and awareness,” said Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of Hero Enterprise and MBCIE.

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