TS, NITI Aayog tie-up to boost AI

The Telangana government and NITI Aayog have signed a statement of intent (SoI) on strengthening collaboration in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things) and other emerging technologies.

Principal Secretary Industries and IT to the State government Jayesh Ranjan and Adviser (Industry) to NITI Aayog Anna Roy signed the statement of intent in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at a conference on AI organised by the Aayog in New Delhi on July 3.

The SoI is to collaborate on devising implementation framework for solutions based on the emerging technologies; work to identify best practices and propagate solutions across the country; identify suitable financial support channels for funding pilots based on emerging technologies in Telangana; as well as establish centres of excellence.

The intent is also to develop a strong support system to further enhance skilling and entrepreneurship programmes in Telangana and work towards capacity building within the Centre and the State government. Focus groups are also being constituted.

In an official release, on the signing of the SoI, Mr.Ranjan said emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and IoT offer immense potential not only to simplify corporate applications but also to transform the way government applications function.

The government of Telangana is “extremely serious about employing these technologies, with preliminary steps already having been taken in this direction,” he said.

Ms.Roy said NITI Aayog and the State government would work together on implementing solutions in frontier technologies that would impact the way services are delivered by the government.

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