The government had constituted four committees in February this year with the aim of understanding various regulatory and technical challenges associated with AI along with areas where the technology could be implemented. The committees have a representation from the government, academia, companies such as Google and Microsoft along with industry bodies such as Nasscom.
While the committee on platforms and data for AI is headed by Professor PP Chakraborty of IIT Kharagpur, the one for leveraging AI for identifying national missions in key sectors has Professor Rajeev Sangal of IIT-BHU as its chairman. Executives such as Anant Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India, Gautam Shroff, head of research of Tata Consultancy Services and Ganesh Mahabala of Nvidia and Sanjay Sinha, India/ South Asia Leader for Watson Data & AI Platforms at IBM are some of the top industry representatives to be part of these committees.
While the committee on mapping technological capabilities, key policy enablers required across sectors, skilling and re-skilling and R&D is headed by the president of Nasscom, Rajat Moona, director of IIT Bhilai is the chairman of the committee on cyber security, safety, legal and ethical issues.
The Narendra Modi government has a huge focus on emerging technologies such as AI and Blockchain and has asked Niti Aayog to create a national strategy for leveraging these technologies. ET reported earlier that Niti Aayog will soon come out with a national policy on Artificial Intelligence, outlining the scope of research for the adoption and commercialisation of the technology to counter China’s thrust towards AI. The policy is expected to lay out short, medium and long-term goals to be achieved by 2022, 2026 and 2030, as India gears up to meet its commitment towards sustainable development goals, starting 2018. The government is considering to set up another high-level committee which would be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of AI. Recently, a task force constituted by the ministry of commerce and headed by Professor V Kamakoti of IIT Madras submitted its report to the government. Among its recommendations was setting up an inter-ministerial National Artificial Intelligence Mission or N—AIM funded under the Union Budget to the tune of Rs 1,200 crore.