The Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has partnered with semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel to boost artificial intelligence (AI) readiness in the country.
The newly announced joint program named ‘Building AI Readiness among Young Innovators’ was officially launched on the National Science Day by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh.
The program aims to improve digital readiness among Indian students participating in DST’s INSPIRE-Awards MANAK scheme from grades 6 to 10. The newly launched program will teach students the fundamentals of AI and its various disciplines, such as computer vision, natural language processing, statistical data, and more.
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Building AI Readiness among Young Innovators was held as part of the National Science Day celebrations, which marked the end of a fantastic science week organized by the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ program. This new development is also a step towards Intel’s commitment to promoting artificial intelligence readiness in India.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “Scientists must be classified in three categories as per age – the first one being children below 15 years. Every day, we come across incredible innovations by young minds.” He further added that we need to identify them when they are young and offer them mentorship along with an opportunity to experiment and explore.
The program will combine both technology and socio-economic aspects in order to create an AI-ready generation by equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to use AI effectively.
“We are collaborating with governments globally to build a digital-first mindset and expand access to the AI skills needed for current and future jobs,” said Director APJ – Government Partnerships & Initiatives, Global Government Affairs Group, Intel, Shweta Khurana.
She also mentioned that they are looking forward to working with the Department of Science and Technology to help India become more digitally ready.