The government of India has officially launched a dedicated Artificial Intelligence portal dubbed as India AI that is designed to offer AI-related resources in India. The new portal was launched by India’s Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad over the last weekend.
IndiaAI is jointly developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the IT Industry of India and is designed to serve as a platform for sharing Artificial Intelligence related resources such as articles, startups, investment funds in AI, resources, companies, and educational institutions related to AI in the country.
“INDIAai is the central hub for everything AI in India and beyond. A joint initiative of MeitY, NeGD, and NASSCOM, the website aims to be the trusted content powerhouse in the backdrop of India’s journey to global prominence in Artificial Intelligence,” reads the website.
He also announced a new national program named “Responsible AI for youth” that is aimed to empower young students with AI skills and tools. The program is open for classes 8-12 students that study in central and state schools.
This program is a joint collaboration with Intel India, National e-Governance Division, Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), and Ministry of Human Resource Development.
In the first phase of the new program each state education department will nominate 10 teachers that will be assigned to identify 25-50 students for the program. After the selection, eligible students will attend online training sessions on AI and will be encouraged to submit ideas through a 1-minute video explaining their potential AI project.
The government will select 100 ideas out of all the submitted videos by candidates that will be invited to attend residential boot camps or online sessions. Top 50 of the selected project ideas will be further shortlisted for presentation and the top 20 of the Top 50 will then be featured at relevant platforms.