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Within a week after presenting Union Budget, where Finance minister announced the doubling of Digital India programme fund to ₹3073 crore which includes Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, India’s IT ministry has constituted four committees to thoroughly study on various aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

These committees will examine citizen-centric use of AI, skilling, as well as regulatory and ethical issues related to Artificial Intelligence, reported India Today.

The IT ministry has been holding a series of high-level meetings, with around 50 participants including 5-6 directors of IITs, Nasscom and private entities, on futuristic technologies with emphasis on AI and Internet of Things (IoT), said the report.

Citing a government official, the report further said, “We have formed four committees on AI. These committees will deliberate on different areas like citizen-centric use of AI, data platform, skilling/re-skilling and Research and Development, as also the legal, regulatory, ethical and cyber security issues.”

NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of Government of India, will initiate a national program to direct efforts in artificial intelligence in the country.

To recall, in September 2017 Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had too formed a policy group to study the new technologies including Artificial Intelligence and recommend a framework for its adoption, the report of which is still awaited.

Moreover, in the same month a study report by Capgemini revealed that India is way ahead of the curve when it comes to the game of artificial intelligence (AI) and its implementation.

Earlier this month, India joined hands with Japan to launch robotics and artificial intelligence in the defense segment.

Notably, an Intel report released this year predicted that 70% of Indian organizations will deploy artificial intelligence enabled solutions by end of 2019. Additionally, human resource and search experts estimate a 50-60% higher demand for AI and robotics professionals in India, this year.

Interestingly, an another report published in December 2017 predicted that Artificial Intelligence could add US $957 billion to the Indian economy by changing the nature of work to create better outcomes for businesses and society.

It is to be noted that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has already been running the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) in Bengaluru since 1986, however the centre only looks after providing technological and secure communication and information systems for the defence services. Keeping this fact in mind, in September 2017, Karnataka state government announced that Bengaluru will soon have India’s first multi-faceted artificial intelligence and robotics centre to established in IIIT-Bengaluru campus.

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