NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India

May 8, 2018 08:11 IST
NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India

NITI Aayog and Google on May 7, 2018 signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to work on a range of initiatives to help build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) ecosystem across the country.

The SoI was signed by Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and Rajan Anandan, Vice President of Google India and South East Asia.

Joint initiatives by Google and NITI Aayog

  • Organise trainings for government personnel to introduce them to AI tools for enabling more effective governance.
  • Awarding grants and scholarships to researchers, scholars and university faculty conducting cutting edge research in the field of AI/ML in India.
  • Organising AI/ML study jams for students and developers based on Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC).
  • Developing Indian AI/ML startups in a program where they will be mentored by Google.
  • Organise AI/ML hackathon that will be focused on solving key challenges within agriculture, education, healthcare, financial inclusion, transportation, etc. This hackathon may use a global platform ‘Kaggle’ to ease international participation into these planned hackathon challenges.

Highlights of the SoI

• Google will train and incubate Indian AI startups in an accelerator program. These startups will be mentored and coached by Google and its affiliates.

• Google will be funding Indian researchers, scholars and university faculty for conducting AI-based research.

• Google will also bring its online training courses on AI to students, graduates and engineers in numerous cities across India.

• Google, through the NITI Aayog, will conduct hands-on training programs that aim to sensitise policymakers and technical experts in governments about relevant AI tools, and how they can be used.


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