On May 30, 2020 Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology(IT), Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s National Artificial Intelligence(AI) Portal called www.ai.gov.in & launched a National Program for the youth, “Responsible AI for Youth” during the occasion of the first anniversary of the second tenure of the government. The portal was developed jointly by the National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT and NASSCOM from the IT industry.
About the portal
The portal will work as a one stop digital platform for AI related developments in India, which shares resources such as articles, startups, investment funds in AI, resources, companies and educational institutions related to AI in India.
It also shares documents, case studies, research reports etc. & has a section about learning and new job roles related to AI.
About “Responsible AI for Youth”
Aim of the program– To provide a platform for India’s young students, empower them with appropriate new age tech mind-set, relevant AI skill-sets and access to required AI tool-sets to make them digitally ready for the future, to bring about a change in the thought process and create a bridge for the digital divide.
Creation & launch collaboration: Intel India – It is created & launched by the National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & IT in collaboration with Intel India, with support from Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Human Resource Development. DoSE&L will help reach-out to State Education Departments to nominate teachers as per eligibility criteria.
Objective– It will empower the youth to become AI-ready and help reduce the skill gap & enable the youth to create meaningful social impact solutions.
Purpose– It is designed to reach out to students from Government schools pan India and provide them with an opportunity to become part of the skilled workforce in an inclusive manner.
It is open to students of classes 8 – 12 from Central and State government-run schools (including KVS, NVS, JNV) from across the country – all 28States and 8Union Territories.
i.It will be implemented phase wise, in its 1st phase each of the State Education Department will nominate 10 teachers as per the eligibility criteria. Teachers may also self nominate themselves by fulfilling the eligibility criteria and also allow them to provide orientation sessions to help students understand the premise and identify potential students for the Program.
ii.Students will attend online training sessions on AI and understand how to identify social impact ideas/projects that may be created using AI and submit their ideas through a 60 seconds video explaining a proposed AI-enabled solution.
iii.Shortlisted students will be asked to create real time projects and submit in video format. If the ideas mature as prototypes further shortlisted ideas will be invited to showcase , selected by an independent committee of experts and provide opportunities in relevant platforms.
Constituency of Ravi Shankar Prasad– Patna Sahib, Bihar