Rao Inderjit Singh, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics, Programme Implementation & Planning recently said that the government is examining the national strategy on artificial intelligence and that a cabinet note on the same is under consideration.
While responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, he said that the draft cabinet note (DCN) on implementation of the national strategy on AI is being steered by MeitY and the same is under examination.
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The government of India has recognised the potential of AI and belives that it can boost the country’s GDP with $957 billion by 2035. It also said that it is expected to boost India’s annual growth by 1.3% by the same year. With this in mind, MeitY and NITI Aayog are working on the national strategy on artificial intelligence, which was released in June 2018. It outlines the proposed efforts in research, development, adoption and skilling in AI.
Apart from this, the paper ‘AIRAWAT: An AI Specific Cloud Compute Infrastructure’ — released earlier this year proposes the design, administration structure, and component of choosing different partners to boost AI.
NITI Aayog has also proposed an investment of Rs 7,500 crore in funding five institutes or centres for research excellence (CORE), 20 international centres for transformational AI (ICTAI).
The Indian government has been quite optimistic about the benefits that AI is going to bring for the overall growth of the country, and these efforts are aimed at pushing the developments in the field and make the country an AI-power.