Professionals Urges Kerala Government to Set Up Exclusive AI Department

Kerala can set a model by creating an exclusive department for Artificial Intelligence, which would be a first-of-its-kind in India

As the growth in the IT industry in Kerala is heading at a good pace, professionals from several sectors have urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to create a separate department focused on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the state.

Regarding this, a memorandum has been submitted by Roshy John, Global Head, Robotics and Cognitive Systems Group, TCS, to the Chief Minister on the sidelines of Kerala government’s Professional Student Summit held at Cusat on February 9.

Roshy John said, “The main drawback of the Union and state budgets is there are no adequate allocations for AI. When the other countries constituted an exclusive ministry for this, even the UAE, one of our neighbouring countries, has a separate department and a minister, it is unfair Kerala would be heading backwards in this sector.”

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In the current scenario, 70 per cent of job opportunities globally are linked with AI, claimed John.

He further said that the creation of National Centre For Artificial Intelligence (by the central government in the Interim Budget 2019) has come up for the consideration only now. Therefore, Kerala should also take a step forward in this direction.

“The Techno parks in the state are leading in the country and people of the state are heads of the major IT organisation of the world. Considering these situations, Kerala can set a model by creating an exclusive department for Artificial Intelligence, which would be a first-of-its-kind in India,” he added.

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