Artificial Intelligence Current Affairs

NASSCOM opens Center of Excellence (CoE) for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Bengaluru

Indian IT industry apex body NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) has opened Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE-DSAI) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The centre was set up in collaboration with Karnataka Government with an aim to nurture innovation in emerging disruptive technologies such as AI and to leverage the power of data science.


The centre aims to support small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) by fast-tracking their product developing, providing market access and assist them by co-creating programs along with other industry partners and start-ups. It will work with governments and universities to provide emerging businesses with required mentorship, talent and skills. It will create platform for industry to academia to co-create digital solutions for Industry 4.0. It will work with Government & enterprises to make available large data-sets for training model, create a technology platform (cloud + on premise) with requisite library of solutions.

NASSCOM-NITI Aayog Partnership

NASSCOM also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NITI Aayog to collaboratively foster applied research, accelerating adoption and ethics, privacy and security. Under it, NASSCOM will facilitate collaboration between NITI Aayog and CoEs. It will also include NITI Aayog as knowledge partner.


Both these initiatives have been taken with aim to strengthen country’s AI ecosystem and will serve as platform for intelligence-sharing and technology collaboration between stakeholders to build collective capabilities for industry and country in the cutting-edge areas artificial intelligence.

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)

NASSCOM is global non-profit trade association (organisation) of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. It facilitates business and trade in software and services and encourages the advancement of research in software technology. It is registered under the Indian Societies Act, 1860. Its headquarters are in New Delhi.

It has regional offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. The global IT trade body has over 2000 members, of which over 250 are companies from the China, EU, Japan, US and UK. NASSCOM’s member companies are in the business of software development, software services, software products, IT-enabled/BPO services and e-commerce.


NITI Aayog ink SoI with ABB India to provide AI, big data and connectivity solutions

NITI Aayog and ABB India have signed Statement of Intent (SoI) to help India leverage power of advanced technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence. Under it, two parties will work towards making key sectors of Indian economy ready for digitalised future and realise potential of AI, big data and connectivity.

Key Facts

NITI Aayog will work with ABB across various sectors of economy, such as power and water utilities, industries like food, heavy industries and transport (rail and metro), electric mobility and infrastructure to suggest solutions for digitalization, incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) and AI technologies.

Through this SoI, NITI Aayog will facilitate participation of policymakers and government functionaries in workshops and training programs organized by ABB India. Such programs will aim to sensitize policymakers and officials about relevant AI capabilities, and explore ways they can be used for revolutionizing manufacturing productivity.

NITI Aayog and ABB will jointly work with government ministries, solicit feedback for areas critical to them and discuss solutions using industrial automation, and digitalization technologies. Based on the interactions with ABB India, NITI Aayog will also make recommendations to government ministries for guidelines and policies regarding development and adoption of AI technology in such sectors.


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