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India Ranks at No. 9 in “Number of AI Specialists” while U.S, China Top the List

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In its annual report on people working in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field, Canadian startup Element AI found that there were 22,400 people worldwide it regarded as top talent in AI. Of which, 50% are in the U.S with 10,295 talents. China was second with 2,525, followed by the U.K. with 1,475, Germany with 935 and Canada with 815.

India with 555 AI specialists stands at number 9. However, when it comes to AI experts returning back to domestic companies after studying overseas, India has high percentage of same with 25% experts returned to domestic companies after studying overseas. Singapore is at top with 40% followed by China and South Korea both at 30%.

The figures were derived from surveying the number of authors who published papers at international conferences in 2018, analyzing their careers and breaking down the distribution by location.

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AI research and development is a cutting-edge field led by experts in universities and corporations, while the business side is supported by administrative talent with specialized knowledge. The growing prevalence of “internet of things” technology — where devices and systems are linked and able to share information — and big data increasingly make AI expertise crucial in developing products and finding new business opportunities. A dwindling of talent at the top of this field could result in stagnant adoption of AI by companies, deteriorating corporate and national competitiveness in turn.


In 2017, China launched a plan to develop AI and has set up AI departments in schools country-wide. The U.S. , on other side, had already released a plan a decade ago to revitalize science, technology, engineering and math education that resulted in increasing the number of staff in colleges and high schools devoted to those fields and widening their scope.

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In the U.S., many educational institutions offers AI programs including top institutes like Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which attract prominent researchers and students from around the world.

India, on other hand, started off very late when compared to the U.S and close neighbor China or even Singapore. It was only last year when Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a national level board of education of India, decided to include Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an elective subject in classes 8, 9 and 10. In March this year, CBSE finally approved inclusion of AI as an optional sixth subject for class 9 students from the academic session which started in April 2019.

In January, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad launched a full-fledged Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) current Academic Year (2019-2020) and become the first Indian Educational Institution to offer such a full-fledged B.Tech. programme in AI and likely the third institute globally – after Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the U.S.

This month, Hyderabad-based International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad) rolled out its popular executive programs on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as well as Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies across India and it was prevously available only in Hyderabad and Bangaluru.

It was only in February 2018 when India’s IT ministry constituted four committees to thoroughly study on various aspects of Artificial Intelligence for citizen use.

Last, government of India’s policy maker, NITI Aayog, moved a cabinet note to provide ~ $ 1.68 Billion for the establishment of AIRAWAT (Artificial Intelligence Research, Analytics and knoWledge Assimilation plaTform), a cloud computing platform along with research institutes.

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Source – Nikkie Asia

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