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Will Another Committee Bring Clarity To India’s AI Strategy?

Will Another Committee Bring Clarity To India’s AI Strategy?

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India is travelling toward a path where both the private and public divisions are unified in their duty to advance and upscale artificial intelligence. In the past, we have seen that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and the NITI Aayog have separately framed national strategy reports on AI. Different calls taken by different legislative units have prompted confounding policies, bringing about an undeniable peril of confusing execution on the part of the government. To remedy the situation, the government has created yet another committee. 

As indicated by a media report, the 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. 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.

Tracing The Role Of MeitY In India AI Strategy 

The four committees set up by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) formulating on the different parts of India’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) had been relied upon to distribute a report of their findings by end-April 2018. MeitY had reported the setting up a national AI unit in January 2019 although its status has not been clarified yet.

MeitY had sent a different Rs 400 crore proposition to the EFC to create a national AI program. MeitY intends to apportion a Rs 400-crore spending plan for new innovation activities as a major aspect of the Digital India Programme, incorporating the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI). With the grant funds, MeitY wants to build a national AI portal, creating applications and actualising AI in the zones of health and training. In the past, during a meeting between ministers held in August, MeitY authorities had raised worries over the convergence between the AI usage projects of NITI Aayog and MeitY. They even requested that the finance ministry to clarify the functions. 

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The administration is vocal about its goal to standard AI applications for social great, and guarantee that AI research in India keeps pace with the global standard. There is no notice of how these structures will exist together towards the objective of a bound together AI procedure for the nation. This can prompt fragmented reception of technology, duplication of exertion, and inefficient utilisation of budgetary resources. There is likewise a requirement for more prominent transparency in the timelines and roadmaps associated with the announcements.

India’s AI methodology story needs to change from being a reactionary step to counter the charge of nations like China, to a proactive one where arrangements and foundation fill in as a reference point of motivation to other nations. In this context, the creation of a new committee is expected to make India’s AI policy more organised and establish the precise functions of government agencies.

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