In a push for Digital India, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a national digital library for children and teens to promote access to high-quality books across regions, languages, genres, levels and device-agnostic accessibility. promote. The minister also announced the introduction of digital public infrastructure for agriculture to provide farmer-oriented solutions.
Three centers of excellence in artificial intelligence will be established in educational institutions in India. Industry players will help conduct interdisciplinary research and develop next-generation engineering solutions and scalable problem solutions in agriculture, sustainable cities and healthcare.
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MAKE AI IN INDIA, FOR INDIA
The Finance Minister stated that these facilities are critical to achieving the goal of ‘Make AI in India and Make AI Work for India’.
While India launched 5G last year to support the Digital India initiatives, Sitharaman announced that 100 labs will be launched in India’s engineering institutions to develop 5G-based apps. The labs will cover applications such as smart classrooms, precision agriculture, intelligent transportation systems and healthcare applications, among others, to realize the new range of options, business models and job potential.
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The Union minister announced the Skill India digital platform while stating that it will enable demand-based formal skills, link with employers including MSMEs and facilitate access to entrepreneurship initiatives to reach 47 lakh- in three years help young people. This initiative will help to further expand the digital skills ecosystem.
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The government will also introduce national data governance policies, Sitharaman said, adding that it will unleash innovation and research by start-ups and academia and enable access to anonymized data.
AI AI, sir
Amit Relan, founder and CEO of mFilterIt, told News18 that AI will change the face of the country and enable the country to build a stronger foundation for a “Digital India”. He believes it will increase efficiency, improve decision making and economic growth that will drive significant change in industries such as healthcare, education, agriculture and finance through automation, data analytics and predictive modeling.
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“If a country is to maximize the benefits of AI, it is essential that the public and private sectors work together to ensure that the use of AI aligns with the country’s values and priorities and to understand the ethical, legal and social implications of AI. to deal with. AI,” the industry expert added.
Sanjay Notani, Partner, Economic Laws Practice, told News18 that this policy aims to facilitate the export of services and technology by aligning India’s data governance policies with international standards.
Meanwhile, Supratim Chakraborty, Partner, Khaitan & Co said that while this policy will facilitate access to anonymous data for various useful purposes, “there is also tremendous pressure to boost the fintech ecosystem, starting with KYC simplification extending the scope of documents available in Digilocker. For capacity building, educational aspects to also cover skills in IOT, drones, etc”.
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