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MeitY Working Groups Deliver First IndiaAI Report with ‘AI for All’ Vision

Seven working groups under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) have delivered the inaugural IndiaAI report on October 13. The report was officially presented to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT. He emphasized that this report will serve as India’s guiding roadmap for nurturing its AI ecosystem. The report represents a comprehensive plan for IndiaAI, aligning with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of “India for AI and AI for India” and aiming to be a catalyst for the 1 trillion dollar digital economy.

According to MeitY, the government’s approach to AI is comprehensive and ambitious, demonstrated by a wide array of initiatives under the IndiaAI program. IndiaAI follows a mission-centric approach focused on improving the existing AI ecosystem in areas such as computational infrastructure, data, AI funding, research, skill development, and institutional capacity for data to harness AI’s potential for India’s progress.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar outlined how IndiaAI is not limited to supporting startups and skill development but also includes key components like the India Datasets Platform, a vast collection of anonymized datasets for Indian researchers. Additionally, the India AI Compute Platform, a public-private partnership, will offer significant GPU capacity to startups and researchers. IndiaAI will also back the development of AI chips in collaboration with the Semicon India program.

The report provides details on establishing Centers of Excellence, the institutional framework for data governance, and suggestions for leveraging India’s demographic dividend as an IT powerhouse to enhance AI skills in the country. It also outlines recommendations for the Design Linked Incentive (DLI) Scheme, which aims to provide financial incentives and infrastructure support to domestic firms, startups, and MSMEs.

MeitY’s statement underlines that the goal of this comprehensive study is to identify actionable steps for achieving the vision of “AI for all” across all aspects of IndiaAI.

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