Collaboratively developed by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) and the National e-Governance Division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the portal is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all AI-related developments to happen in India.
The portal will also distribute documents, case studies, research reports and more relating to AI, and will also become a repository for AI-related learning job roles.
Noteworthy Resources On the Website
- AI Courses
In order to help professionals and fresh graduates upskill, a variety of AI-related and machine learning courses are being offered through this government portal. The course providers range from IIT Bombay to companies such as IBM.
- Editorial content
In order to collect all related information in one place, the website publishes editorial content and news as well as case studies and resources for budding AI entrepreneurs.
- Highlighting successes
The portal also aims to highlight the country’s successes in AI in the recent past, spanning industries and use cases.
How the Website Will Help India’s AI Industry
The website is a distinctive step forward in recognizing the potential and scope of AI in India. Here are some ways in which the website can benefit the AI landscape at national and grassroots levels:
- Democratising AI
Sanjay Dhotre, the MoS for E&IT, Communications, and HRD, said that digital innovation, including AI, has been a massive equaliser among the Indian population despite the diversity of the country. AI has already penetrated several homes; in the future, this website hopes to bring AI to virtually every part of the country and expound on its benefits in a growing economy.
- Cementing India’s Place in the World
This public declaration of support towards Artificial Intelligence developments is a solid way of confirming to the world that India is investing in the technologies of the future. India has already supplied global leaders in technology to different parts of the world. By funding this AI website and encouraging its use, the country is making its way up the list of countries with one eye on the foreseeable future.
- Encouraging Innovation
By making case studies, courses and resources accessible to the masses, the AI website is, in effect, encouraging each and every citizen to experiment in the field. There is no dearth of innovation and ideation in the country; this website becomes a place for resources to support the realization of AI-related dreams and the furthering of the country’s technological goals.
- Building Networks
The website is touted as a convergence point for students, fresh graduates, AI experts, experimental businesses and new-age entrepreneurs to share and transact over revolutionary AI-driven ideas and proposals. The website also becomes a launching pad for innovation and a networking platform for those with ideas and those with the power to fund them. The departments are also working on creating investor pitch events to link ideators and funders alike.
- Preparing the Future Generation
Alongside the website, the departments also announced the Responsible AI for Youth Program which is targeted at imparting AI education in government schools. The different phases of the programme aim to train teachers and gather groundbreaking ideas from the students themselves. Keeping in mind that India is one of the most populous countries in the world, instilling an understanding of AI and a passion for innovation at a young age is critical to the growth of the country internationally.
The AI website can be looked at as a show of support towards futuristic technologies that emerge from the grassroots level. By attempting to democratize AI, this government website is also creating a conducive atmosphere for technological growth on par with the rest of the world.