The Government of India has recently launched a National Artificial Intelligence Portal, IndiaAI, providing all the AI-related resources under one roof. When it comes to the possible practices of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the purpose of analyzing, reasoning, and learning by machines without the intervention of humans, there are innumerable options under consideration. This is a joint initiative by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), and back from the National e-Governance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), on the anniversary of the second term of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
Above all, this portal proves to be the one-stop destination for all the useful resources contributing to the evolution of AI in India. It exhibits documents, case studies, research reports etc.related to the field.
The portal brings together ideas from leading stakeholders including Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), NITI Aayog, NASSCOM, along with various state governments. Moreover, such government arms collaborate with private technology biggies in the world. Furthermore, they venture capital funds, startups, and educational institutions on the portal to realize the potential of AI too.
IndiaAI: What does this portal have in store for us?
IndiaAI primarily provides the entire AI ecosystem consisting of startups, investment funds, companies, and educational institutions, at a single click. Moreover, this portal brings to us with vast research-based editorial content, events, the government’s initiatives, learning courses, and job opportunities.
Besides providing a great interactive experience for the users, the website highlights the government’s initiatives too. Under the DIGITAL INDIA campaign that commenced in 2015, this is an excellent platform to put forward the government’s achievements taken in the context of science, technology, and skill development. Politically speaking, this initiative might be another milestone for the government that will nurture employment opportunities in the country.
The most talked-about and significant section is regarding ‘skills and jobs’, shown above. This is meant to help professionals learn and grow in the field of AI. This caters to the need of skilled workforce and excellent government job opportunities in this field. Apart from this, the portal also offers free as well as paid AI courses in the fields of fundamental AI, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Cyber-security, at the core levels.
Various topnotch third party content curators and educational institutes. Some of them include IIT Bombay, SkillUp, edX, and IBM, providing a great learning experience. Also, the portal mentions great learning partnerships and collaborations, which include CBSE’s partnership with tech giant Intel. The AI education program is open to students in classes 8-12 across the country.
The future endeavors
Post rigorous research and extensive discussions, the Government of India had recognized nine priority areas. Also, the industry professionals gave positive responses to the government’s opening up this AI portal. This led to putting forward the research and development measures in the field of artificial intelligence.
The focus is on democratizing artificial intelligence for everyone. Minister of State for E&IT, Communications, and Human Resource & Development, Sanjay Dhotre, said that the role of artificial intelligence in the COVID-stricken world is immense, and AI can play a vital role during the times of this ongoing pandemic. Furthermore, he added, that digital revolutions such as AI have proved to be a great tool, particularly for Indians.
The website brings together students, AI experts, companies, entrepreneurs, sharing the sources, and making use of the ideas. Hence, reinforcing the power of AI, this is a great step forward in the enhancement of employment and economy post this period.
The pace of progress in artificial intelligence is incredibly fast. With the entire world making human intelligence and artificial intelligence converge, such a step can really lead to changing the bigger picture of technology in India.
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