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National strategy for AI in the pipeline

Planning Minister Shri Rao Inderjit Singh told the Lok Sabha that government will soon finalize the mechanism to implement the national strategy for artificial intelligence. The country’s premium think tank, NITI Aayog had released India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (NSAI) for the country in June 2018. Some of the major suggestions of the strategy included setting up Centres of Research Excellence (CORE)- focused on fundamental research; and International Centres on Transformational AI (ICTAI)- dedicated to applied research.

“The AI vertical of the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) programme of DST will be implemented as per the recommendations of the NSAI,” the minister was quoted as saying. He also added that NITI Aayog has collaborated with several countries and entities for knowledge sharing in AI viz. department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS, government of UK), ministry of economy, trade and industry (METI, Japan), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and treasury, Government of Australia.