In order to match up to the pace of the technological development, Indian government too have pulled up their socks to actually embrace AI and bring some real development to the country. The Indian government has formed a committee headed by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar to lay out a roadmap for the country's research and development in this sector. The decision to form the committee came after the news of China's intense and growing commitment in the field of AI.
A senior government official said, "A committee has been formed to coordinate the efforts of different ministries and bring them together. The next meeting will happen soon and we hope to decide on the timeline for the committee to come up with a roadmap for a national program on AI."
It is mentioned that the panel that is to lay out a roadmap for India's operations in AI will include government officials, industry leaders and academicians. A newspaper report suggests a preliminary meeting was held in January for the same, and was attended by the likes of former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai, former Nasscom head Kiran Karnik, NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat, several noted IIT faculty members, and top officials from Flipkart, NetApp and TIE Ventures.
This move seems to be in sync with the recently-announced Union Budget, where Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley spoke about the Government's plans to support AI and machine learning technologies. He said, "Technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, 3D Printing, and initiatives like Digital India, Startup India and Make in India would help in establishing itself as a digital economy."
Jaitley also mentioned that the NITI Aayog was established to direct efforts towards artificial intelligence, including R&D of its applications. This year, Jaitley has also doubled the allocation on Digital India program to â?¹3,073 crores in 2018-19.
A senior government official mentioned that the financial allocation under the Atal Innovation Mission will be used to fund the program on a nationwide scale and projects will be granted on the challenge mode. "It has just been announced. NITI Aayog has been working on the subject for a while and will be coming out with a roadmap shortly," he further added.
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Indian Government's initiation to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The goal here is to serve as a platform for promoting world-class innovation hubs, grand challenges, start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.
China was prepared with its roadmap last year to make sure that they become the leading one in artificial intelligence by 2030. India's neighbor is also racing ahead of US in scientific research, ranks number one for most-cited research papers, and is a global leader in super computers.