Niti Aayog To Come Up with AI Index to Rank States on Adoption, Innovation

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The index would enable Niti Aayog to identify challenges for each state in adoption of AI and recommend possible areas of improvement for every state.

India may soon get an artificial intelligence (AI) readiness index that will rank states on their adoption of AI, as well as their use of AI innovations for public service.

As reported by the Economic Times, the AI index could be among the first few indices that the Niti Aayog will develop in its second term. The commission had already launched health, education and agriculture indices, as well as water composite index in the past.

While the parameters for the index are yet to be finalised, it could possibly be based on the state’s digital skills, innovation capabilities and existing data capabilities and management, a senior government official told the daily.

The index would enable the commission to identify challenges for each state in adoption of AI and recommend possible areas of improvement for every state, the official added.

Niti Aayog to seek government investment for setting up AI task force

According to the report, the Niti Aayog is also planning to propose to the new government for allocation of Rs 7,500 crore over a three-year period for setting up a high-level task force. The proposed team will be tasked to oversee the rollout of artificial intelligence in the country.

The commission has asked all states to identify key projects where artificial intelligence can be adopted.

It is estimated that AI has the potential to add $957 billion to India’s GDP by 2035 and boost India’s annual growth by 1.3 percentage points by 2035.

The Niti Aayog, which was entrusted the responsibility to develop a national programme for AI after the Budget 2018-19, had released the national strategy for AI in June last year.

 

Longjam Dineshwori

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