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Govt. Units Up Panel To Resolve MeitY And Niti Battle Over AI

The federal government has fashioned a committee to resolve variations between the Niti Aayog and the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) over who will implement its bold synthetic intelligence mission.

The committee, fashioned final week, will probably be headed by principal scientific advisor Ok VijayRaghavan and represented by the secretary within the division of science and know-how, the CEO of Niti Aayog and secretary of MeitY.

“The panel has been fashioned to resolve the overlaps between Niti Aayog’s and Meity’s plans for AI,” a high official, who didn’t want to be recognized, stated.

The committee is tasked with rooting out duplication of labor between varied authorities arms, whereas clearly specifying the function of various companies to fast-track the implementation of the AI mission, the official stated.

Niti Aayog acquired clearance from the expenditure finance committee (EFC) for a finances of Rs 7,00zero crore, whereas MeitY had despatched a separate Rs 400 crore proposal to the EFC to arrange a nationwide AI programme.

MeitY had additionally introduced the establishing a nationwide AI centre in January, however there was no readability on its standing.

Whereas MeitY’s programme included launching a nationwide AI portal together with growing purposes and doing proofs of ideas within the areas of well being and training, Niti Aayog’s roadmap contains establishing 5 centres of analysis excellence, 20 institutional centres for transformational AI and a cloud computing platform known as AIRAWAT.

Govt sets up panel to resolve MeitY and Niti fight over AI

A senior Niti Aayog official, nonetheless, stated there have been no variations between MeitY and itself over the AI venture. “We work collectively to take India ahead,” the official stated.

India has been betting large on AI and applied sciences comparable to machine studying and robotics to drive progress in future.

The federal government has been striving to implement a nationwide technique on AI to counter China’s thrust within the space. The sector has potential so as to add $957 billion to India’s GDP and enhance annual progress by 1.three proportion factors by 2035, based on an Accenture report.

In an inter-ministerial assembly held in August, MeitY officers verbally raised issues over the various “overlaps” between Niti Aayog’s AI roadmap, and its personal work within the space and had requested the finance ministry to intervene to resolve it.

In February 2018, former finance minister Arun Jaitley stated that the Niti Aayog would set up a nationwide programme on synthetic intelligence and machine studying.

MeitY subsequently arrange 4 committees to know varied regulatory and technical challenges related to AI.

A senior Niti Aayog official, nonetheless, advised ET that there have been no variations between MeitY and itself over the AI venture. “We work collectively to take India ahead,” the official stated.―Newpaper24

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