The second-year anniversary of ‘National AI Portal (indiaai.gov.in)’ is celebrated on May 30, 2022.The National AI Portal is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and NASSCOM. The portal focuses on creating and nurturing a unified AI ecosystem in the country to drive excellence and leadership in knowledge creation to develop an AI-ready robust workforce for the future and use AI to foster economic growth.
The portal was launched by the Hon’ble Minister for Electronics and IT and Communications on May 30, 2020. Since its inauguration, the portal has been visited by more than 4.5 lakh users with 1.2 million page views. The portal currently has an impressive repository of 1151 articles on AI, 701 news stories, 98 reports, 95 case studies and 213 videos. It also has one of the best databases on India’s AI ecosystem featuring details of 121 government initiatives and 281 startups.
Over the past two years, the portal has played a crucial role in evangelising and nurturing the AI ecosystem through numerous impactful initiatives such as the lab2market, Women in AI Roundtable, AI patent report, Responsible AI handbook for startups, Responsible AI Startups survey, podcasts, and the AI Standards.
One of the main focuses of INDIAai’s upcoming efforts is on AI Literacy. INDIAai released a book on the basics of AI titled ‘AI for Everyone’. The booklet aims to provide free and open AI literacy to the community of young minds and new learners to enable them in their aspirations beyond the digital divide.
The anniversary event covered INDIAai’s past year’s achievements and plans for the coming year. The virtual event featured a fireside chat between Ms Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM and Shri Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, National eGovernance Division (NeGD).
Fireside Chat held on the topic ‘How do we ensure that India’s AI adoption benefits the bottom of the pyramid’
Shri Abhishek Singh emphasized on the AI adoption, AI based voice enabled services, and AI based multi-lingual content delivery. He touched on the AI based solutions that are made operational by the Government and cited the impact and potential outcomes of MyGov Helpdesk, UMANG, Eligibility based discovery of services, etc. He shared that MeitY has released National Data Governance Framework Policy and pointed out the AI opportunities related to data, capacity building both within and outside the government, awareness and communication, and AI research.
Debjani Ghosh stressed on the inclusion and security as design principles for taking benefits of AI to the bottom of pyramid. AI can help professionals in a great way to save time from repetitive work to focus more on human centric work. She also talked about FutureSkills Prime and use of coding to learn new skills related to AI.