Meta has announced it is supporting the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) with a sum of $1 million for the XR (extended reality) Open Source (XROS) fellowship program. The fellowship program will help 100 Indian developers work on extended reality technologies for the future of the metaverse.
Established by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), the National e-Governance Division will act as the technical partner for the program.
“The metaverse will not be built 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.
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The program will lay the foundation for India-specific solutions that are localized, affordable, and appropriate to regional languages.
The XR Open Source program is the second one in India through which Meta wants to boost the developer ecosystem pertaining to immersive technologies and will further the open ecosystem to create the metaverse.
The XROS program is part of Meta’s Research Fund and global XR Programmes, under which the company declared a $2 million fund along with MeitY Startup Hub earlier this year.