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Government examining national strategy on artificial intelligence: Rao Inderjit Singh – Economic Times

The government is examining the national strategy on artificial intelligence and a cabinet note on the same is under consideration, planning minister Rao Inderjit Singh said on Thursday.
“The draft cabinet note (DCN) on implementation of national strategy on AI is being steered by MeitY and the same is under examination,” he said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha.

NITI Aayog, after extensive consultation with various ministries and leading academicians, institutions, practitioners and industry players, had released India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (NSAI) in June 2018, outlining the proposed efforts in research, development, adoption and skilling in AI, the minister said.

The major recommendations of the strategy include, inter alia, setting up Centres of Research Excellence (CORE)- focused on fundamental research and International Centres on Transformational AI (ICTAI)- focused on applied research.

It is estimated that AI has the potential to add $957 billion to India’s GDP by 2035 and boost India’s annual growth by 1.3 percentage points by 2035.

NITI Aayog had proposed to invest Rs 7500 crore in funding five institutes or centres of research excellence (CORE), 20 international centres for transformational AI (ICTAI) and setting up a cloud computing called AIRAWAT that can be accessed by anyone under the national strategy for AI for India.

China has committed to build a domestic AI industry worth nearly $150 billion in the next few years with an aim to become the leading AI power by 2030.
Government had in the Union Budget 2018-19 entrusted NITI Aayog with the responsibility to develop the national programme on AI.

According to the minister, the NITI Aayog has collaborated with several countries and entities for knowledge sharing in AI viz. department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS, government of UK), ministry of economy, trade and industry (METI, Japan), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Treasury, government of Australia.