e-governance Current Affairs - 2020

GoI launches “Responsible AI for Youth” programme and an AI Portal

On May 30, 2020, the Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched an initiative called “Responsible AI for Youth” and an Artificial Intelligence Portal called www.ai.gov.in.

Highlights

The programme and the portal were launched to commemorate the first anniversary of second tenure of Narendra Modi Government.

Responsible AI for Youth

The Responsible AI for Youth was launched targeting the youth in the country. The programme aims to provide a platform to empower their new age technology skills especially AI based skills. The programme has been launched in collaboration with Intel India.

Portal

The minister along with the programme launched the portal called www.ai.gov.in. The portal was developed by the E-Governance division operating under Ministry of Electronics and IT.

The portal shall act as a one stop platform for AI resources. It will share articles, startups that are in the field of AI, case studies, reports, etc.

India’s path in AI

The main challenge of AI is that it minimizes work force (labours) employed. Especially for a highly populous country like India, AI if not developed in the right direction might create huge unemployment crisis. Therefore, India has chosen its path of AI cautiously. India is developing AI by empowering its citizens rather than making humans less relevant.

SAMARTH scheme implemented by NIT Kurukshetra

On May 14, 2020, NIT implemented the SAMARTH scheme. It was developed by the Department of Higher Education operating under Ministry of Human Resources and Development developed SAMARTH, an e-governance platform. The platform was developed under National Mission of Education in Information and Communication Technology Scheme. It is called the NMEICT Scheme in short.

About SAMARTH

The platform will provide information to strengthen the productivity through better information management. It caters faculties and students by providing different study modules. It is an open source architecture and works on a n automated software. It works through a secure, scalable and evolutionary process. The platform has been implemented at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.

Currently the platform offers 38 modules to the institution.

National Institute of Kurukshetra

The institute is currently participating under the World Bank scheme called Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.

Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme

The Programme was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2002. It aims to upscale the quality of technical education and enhance capacities of institutions.

The first phase of the programme was implemented with an assistance of Rs 1,389 crores. Around 127 institutions from India participated in the programme. In phase II, the World Bank provided Rs 2,430 crore. In Phase III, the north eastern states, Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar Islands were focused. In the third phase, the skills of unorganized sector in these areas were focused to boost local produce and also to support the locals.