Niti Aayog Current Affairs

NITI Aayog, Microsoft sign agreement to bring in AI tools for agriculture and healthcare

Government’s premier think tank NITI Aayog has inked agreement with Microsoft India to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare and promote adoption of local language computing among others.  This partnership will help NITI Aayog to move beyond pilots and understand how to scale AI implementation in sectors characterized by preponderance of public goods.

Key Facts

Under the agreement, Microsoft will provide NITI Aayog advanced AI-based solutions to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare including farm advisory services, healthcare screening models at Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and build capacity for AI through education among others. It will also support NITI Aayog by combining cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas.

Microsoft will also accelerate use of AI for development and adoption of local language computing, in addition to building capacity for AI among workforce through education. Additionally, it will also promote STEM education in areas of AI studies and data sciences for young women in institutes identified by NITI Aayog.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


WEF launches Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution in India

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced its new Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution in India.. The Centre will be based in Maharashtra. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at function held in New Delhi. It will be fourth center in chain-ones as part of WEF’s global network along with San Francisco (US), Tokyo (Japan) and Beijing (China) are already functioning.

Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution

The centre will facilitate to bring together government and business leaders to pilot emerging technology policies. It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas. The centre will work in collaboration with government on national level to co-design new policy frameworks and protocols for emerging technology alongside leaders from business, academia, start-ups and international organizations. NITI Aayog will coordinate partnership on behalf of government and work of centre among multiple ministries.

The initial efforts at national level are focused on two emerging technology areas AI and machine learning and blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The first project will focus on expanding access to data to accelerate adoption of AI in socio-economic areas like education, healthcare and agriculture. The second will focus on application of smart contracts to boost productivity and transparency while reducing inefficiency. At state level, Maharashtra Government in collaboration with Centre is planning to undertake a drone mapping operation in the agriculture sector. These projects will be scaled across India and globally

World Economic Forum (WEF)

It is an international institution founded by Klaus Schwab that works to improve the state of the world through public-private cooperation. It was established in 1971 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It serves as independent not-for-profit organization that works closely with other international organizations. It also works with leaders in the field of politics, business, academia to set global, regional and industrial agenda.

Month: Categories: Business & Economy Current Affairs 2018