Indian government's policy think tank NITI Aayog, on Monday announced that it has joined hands with tech giant Google to stimulate growth in India's nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning ecosystem by working together on several initiatives in the two areas.

NITI Aayog it will be working with Google to develop AI-based solutions aimed at improving the overall economic productivity of the nation.

“Niti’s partnership with Google will unlock massive training initiatives, support start-ups and encourage AI research through PhD scholarships, all of which contributes to the larger idea of a technologically-empowered New India,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer, Niti Aayog.

Under the joint programme, Google will train and incubate Indian AI startups in an accelerator programme, which is yet to announced. These startups will be mentored and coached by Google and its affiliates to enable them to better leverage AI in their respective business models.

Additionally, Google will also bring its online training courses on AI to students in India, graduates and engineers to numerous cities across India in the form of study groups and developer-run courses.

“AI is going to disrupt the way business is done and India, in particular, is uniquely poised in utilising AI to innovate for social and inclusive good. India is embracing future technologies such as machine learning and AI to augment its capacity in healthcare, improve outcomes in education, develop innovative governance systems for our citizens and improve overall economic productivity of the nation,” added the CEO of Niti Aayog.

It may recalled that, in March, India's AI Task Force, set up by the ministry of commerce and industry last year , has recommended a Rs 1,200-crore corpus for five years under the Union Budget to push the National Artificial Intelligence Mission (NAIM).

Moreover, this year, while announcing the budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said that Niti Aayog will setup a national programme to conduct research and development in frontier technologies such as AI.

In February, India’s IT ministry has also constituted four committees to thoroughly study on various aspects of Artificial Intelligence for citizen use. Moreover, India has also joined hands with Japan to launch robotics and artificial intelligence in the defense segment. According to Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister of electronics and IT, these committees would be headed by IIT director and industry experts from bodies such as Nasscom. He also said that the ministry will coordinate with Niti Aayog on this.

In the same month, PM Modi launched India's first AI research centre for social good followed by announcement made by tech giant Adobe to establish an AI Lab in Hyderabad.

Via - Economic Times | Top Image -

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