IT ministry sets up four committees for research on Artificial Intelligence

Since AI got bigger boost in the Union Budget 2018, now the IT ministry has made four committees to give shape to AI's presence in the country.

Prajeet Nair Feb 12th 2018

Seen as a major boost to IT, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley doubled the allocation on Digital India programme to Rs 3073 crore in 2018-19 Union Budget on February 1. The IT ministry now has taken further steps and has formed four committees to emphasize promotion of artificial intelligence (AI).

Minster of electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that the ministry has formed four committees to encourage research related to artificial intelligence in the country. He also informed that the committees will be headed by Directors of IITs, and industry experts from NASSCOM, and other eminent researchers.

The four committees will work and do research on Citizen Centric Services; Data platforms; Skilling, reskilling and research and development; Legal regulatory and cybersecurity.

The Finance Minister said that NITI Aayog will initiate a national program to direct efforts in artificial intelligence. He said that the ministry will conduct high level research in these areas.

Digital India initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to ensure that government services are made available to citizens through improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity.