NITI Aayog is partnering with tech giant Google to work on a range of initiatives to help build Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem across the country.

Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, said in a statement: “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 and improve overall economic productivity of the nation.”

Training programmes

“NITI’s partnership with Google will unlock massive training initiatives, support start-ups and encourage AI research through Ph D scholarships, all of which contribute to the larger idea of a technologically-empowered New India,” he added.

Google and NITI Aayog will conduct hands-on training programmes that aim to sensitise policymakers and technical experts in governments about relevant AI tools and how they can be used to streamline governance.

To help bolster the research ecosystem, one of the initiatives includes funding Indian researchers, scholars and university faculty for conducting AI-based research.

Online courses

Further, Google will also bring its online training courses on AI and machine learning (ML), such as Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course to students, graduates and engineers to different cities across India in the form of study groups and developer-run courses.

There is an incubation programme wherein start-ups working in AI/ML space will be mentored by Google to better leverage AI in their respective business models.

NITI Aayog and Google will organise a AI/ML hackathon that will focus on solving key challenges in agriculture, education, healthcare, financial inclusion and transportation/mobility.