NIC to set up Centre of Excellence in AI

AIIn a bid to ensure sturdy technology solutions for cyberspace, the government will establish a Centre of Excellence (COE) in Artificial Intelligence as part of its plan to push the development of the next level of technology.

National Informatics Centre (NIC), a government organisation under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), will establish the centre in the national capital and its aim will be to ascertain development of robust solutions with regard to security of computer networks as India moves towards a digital society.

The centre will develop tech-oriented solutions for enabling speedy accessibility and authentic outcomes, which will be implemented in various sectors. MeitY is also working towards developing standards and regulations related to blockchain technology.

The ministry had earlier set up four committees that emphasised the research in AI to be supervised by directors of Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Nasscom and other prominent researchers. These four committees included one in platforms and data for AI, second on leveraging AI for recognising National Missions in key sectors, third on calculating technological capabilities, skilling, re-skilling, R&D, key policy enablers and lastly on cybersecurity, legal and ethical issues.

Another project in progress is a Centre of Excellence for data analytics whose platform will induct various open source and proprietary analytics tools like a data warehouse, data mining and business intelligence.

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