VP for AI solutions in agriculture, health, education

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing a programme at IIT Jodhpur on September 28, 2021 (PIB)

Jodhpur: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on September 28, 2021, called for tapping the potential of revolutionary technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver benefits to the people and enhance the quality of life.

In this regard, VP Naidu urged educational institutions, researchers, and developers to come out with practical AI solutions in the fields of agriculture, health, and education.

He was addressing a gathering at IIT Jodhpur after laying the foundation of a fabrication laboratory for Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT).

The Vice President remarked that technologies like AI and AIoT have been revolutionizing many sectors of the global economy in the last decade.

He said that the ultimate aim of science and technology is to transform the lives of the people.

“That should be the aim for the development of AI too,” he added.

Vice President Naidu also advised governments to explore using AI to improve the timely delivery of services.

He mentioned the example of Direct Benefit Transfer through Jan-Dhan accounts and said that this has plugged leakages and protected people from exploitation to a great extent.

Touching upon the economic potential of AI, the Vice President noted that AI has the potential to add USD 957 billion or 15% of the current gross value added to India’s economy by 2035.

Highlighting that AI could possibly displace many routine jobs, VP Naidu stressed the importance of skilling and training youth to match the demands of changing job markets in the time of Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The Vice President suggested making basic courses in computing and data science mandatory for students across disciplines to keep students abreast of the latest technological developments.

He also inaugurated the Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) at IIT Jodhpur.

The Vice President appreciated the efforts of IIT Jodhpur and other institutions in the knowledge and innovation cluster.

He called for more such innovation clusters and collaborative initiatives between various universities, government institutions, and private organisations which, he said, can build on each other’s expertise and share knowledge. (Press Release)

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