As indicated by a media report, a four-member panel, framed in October 2019, will be led by the principal scientific advisor to the union government- K Vijay Raghavan, alongside secretary in the department of science and technology, CEO of NITI Aayog and secretary of MeitY to boost the AI policy in India.
The committee will work on removing any duplication of tasks between MeitY and NITI Aayog in the field of artificial intelligence policy. Specific roles will be specified to expedite the execution of the AI policy.
Tracing The Role Of NITI Aayog In India AI Strategy
In February 2018, PM Narendra Modi asked the Indian startup ecosystem players researchers, and students to manufacture AI solutions that are “Made to work for India’. He further said that he accepts that AI can be utilized to remove poverty and challenges faced in the nation. Following his discourse, previous finance minister Arun Jaitley had given NITI Aayog the obligation to set up the national program on AI and machine learning.
In June 2018, NITI Aayog shared its arrangements to use developing AI innovation in territories like health, farming, education and training, infrastructure and transportation, in its exchange paper — ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence‘.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had before focused on that AI’s application to various ventures could push India’s year-on-year (YoY) development rate by 1.3%. NITI Aayog wants to put resources into establishing five centres of research excellence, 20 institutional units for transformational AI and the cloud platform called AIRAWAT. NITI Aayog got approval from the finance ministry’s expenditure finance committee (EFC) for a budget expenditure of Rs 7,000 crore.
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Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.