MeitY Launches AI Portal, Youth Program Called “Responsible AI for Youth”

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  • The AI portal will share documents, case studies, research reports and have about learning and new job roles related to AI
  • The “Responsible AI for Youth” is open to students from the eighth standard to twelfth standard from Central and state government-run schools
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The government has launched an online artificial intelligence portal. It said that this portal will act as a one-stop digital platform for AI-related developments in India. It will share resources such as articles, startups, investment funds in AI, companies, and educational institutions related to AI in India. It will also share documents, case studies, research reports and have about learning and new job roles related to AI.

This portal has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT and IT Industry. National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT and NASSCOM. Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, also launched a National Program for the youth, “Responsible AI for Youth”

Relevant AI skill-sets

This program aims to give young students of the country a platform and empower them with appropriate new age tech mindset, relevant AI skill-sets and access to required AI tool-sets to make them digitally ready for the future as per the government.

It has been created and launched by the National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & IT in collaboration with Intel India, with support from the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Human Resource Development. DoSE&L will help to reach State Education Departments to nominate teachers as per eligibility criteria.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said “India must be a leading country in the development of Artificial Intelligence in the world, leveraging upon its vast internet-savvy population and data it is creating. India’s AI approach should be of inclusion and empowerment of human being by supplementing growth and development rather than making human beings less relevant”.

Eighth standard to twelfth standard

The program is open to students from the eighth standard to twelfth standard from Central and state government-run schools (including KVS, NVS, JNV). It will be implemented in a phase-wise manner and in its first phase, each of the State Education Department will nominate 10 teachers as per the eligibility criteria. The teachers may also self nominate themselves by fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

The teachers will be provided orientation sessions that will help them understand the premise and identify 25-50 potential students for the program. These identified students will attend online training sessions on AI and understand how to identify social impact ideas/projects that may be created using AI. Then, they will submit their ideas through a 60 seconds video explaining a proposed AI-enabled solution.

The government added in a press statement, “From the submitted ideas in the form of videos, top 100 ideas will be shortlisted and these students will be invited to attend residential boot camps or online sessions (subject to COVID-19 situation); to take them through a deep dive AI journey. Post the boot-camps/ online sessions, these students will be asked to create real-time projects and submit their final project in a video format on the website.”

It added that sufficient support will be provided by Intel certified AI coaches and mentors throughout to ensure that ideas mature as prototypes. The experts will shortlist the top 50 project ideas and students will be invited to showcase their projects either face to face or in an online format. Additionally, top 20 innovative projects will be selected by an independent committee of experts and provided opportunities to showcase at a relevant platform.

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