NITI Aayog CEO urges govt to develop AI for solving social sector problems

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has requested the states and central ministries to identify key projects where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be developed to resolve problems in areas like health, education and agriculture. He said “Niti Aayog has a team that works on the AI programme and I would like to extend all help in providing necessary support, connecting to the concerned stakeholders and any other matter that may be required.”

As per to Niti Aayog's estimates, AI has the potential to add $15.7 trillion to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the year 2030, making it the biggest commercial opportunity in today's fast changing economy. For India, an incremental $957 billion could be added to the GDP by 2035 by adopting AI, boosting India's annual growth by 1.3 percentage points by 2035.

In June 2018, the government’s think-tank Niti Aayog unveiled the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence which is aimed at positioning India as a trailblazer for emerging economies. The strategy strives to leverage AI for inclusive economic growth and social development. It identified five sectors for a more focused government involvement to promote the adoption of AI. The focus sectors are healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure and smartmobility and transportation.