India’s AI Mission Can Benefit The Future Of Education

by Aakash Sharma

India’s AI Mission Can Benefit The Future Of Education

December 31, 2020

The Indian government is pushing the country’s AI plans for students, startups, and research tanks to build a robust technology structure. The goals are to invest in setting up 20 institutional centers for AI projects and a cloud computing platform, AIRAWAT.

The government launched the “Responsible AI for Youth” program, which aimed to narrow students’ skills gap and equip them with artificial intelligence tools. This program is intended for students in classes 8 to 12 in central and public schools.

Institutional Reforms

Along with creating research excellence centers, 20 institutional centers for transformational AI, and a cloud computing system, AIRAWAT, the government plans to build a computer base for all the stakeholders associated with the AI experimentation and application industry, students, researchers, and government organizations. India’s ambitious artificial intelligence (AI) mission will see the light of day as the Ministry of Electronics. IT(MeitY) has acquired a go-ahead to operate the five-year programme.

National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence- NITI Ayog

Recognising AI’s potential to transform economies and the need for India to strategise its approach, Hon’ble Finance Minister, mandated NITI Aayog to establish the National Program on AI, with a view to guiding the research and development in new and emerging technologies.

Artificial Intelligence Committees- MeitY

Govt. of India has expressed the intention to support research and adoption of the AI. In view of the possible impact of AI on the economy and society and to come out with a policy framework on AI, MeitY constituted various committees on AI.
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Youth's Enhancement

The government had launched the ‘Responsible AI For Youth’ programme, which aimed to reduce students’ skill gap and make them AI-efficient. This programme is for students from classes 8th to 12th in central and state government schools.

Students will be selected based on online training sessions and will be taught to identify ideas impacting social issues with AI. The top students will attend boot camps or online sessions for more profound AI principles. The AI programme is aligned with the new National Education Policy.

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E-Portals and Compendium

The government had launched ai.gov.in for all AI-related experimentations in the country. This would incorporate data on startups, investment funds, resources, companies, education institutions, and other AI resources in India. It will also share files, case investigations, and examination reports, among other relevant study material.

According to an Economic Times report, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) implements the mission in collaboration with Niti Aayog. Using the government grant, MeitY will launch a national AI portal, developing applications and implementing AI in health and education.

Cloud Computing System- AIRAWAT

Using the funding, MeitY aims to roll out a national AI portal, which can produce applications and execute AI in health and education. However, NITI Aayog plans to invest in setting up five research excellence centers, 20 administrative centres for transformational AI, & a cloud computing program- AIRAWAT.

AIRAWAT is India’s first AI-specific cloud computing infrastructure, which would guide the research into new and emerging technologies and their development. AIRAWAT will be established based on the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (NSAI) recommendations. Under AIRAWAT, the government plans to tackle the high-impact challenges associated with lack of access to computing resources.

In the future, the government plans to institute computer infrastructure for all the stakeholders involved in the AI research and application ecosystem, including startups, students, researchers, and government organizations.

Do you think India’s plans to create a robust tech structure will be successfully implemented?

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