Promoting the Adoption of Cutting-edge Technologies to create Significant Economic and Societal Impact
India is now prepping for cutting-edge technologies including 5G, AI, blockchain, augmented reality & virtual reality, machine learning & deep learning, robots, natural language processing, etc. These will be critical in the government and industry, for planning or decision-making, expediting development or analysing deployment, issue solving or product creation, detecting new trends or drawing out linkages and associations.
The Emerging Technologies Division of MeitY is responsible for fostering and promoting the utilization of cutting-edge technologies in the country. The Emerging Technologies Division is supporting work for policy / strategy papers in the emerging areas like AI, AR/VR, IOT, Blockchain, Robotics, Computer Vision, Drones, etc.
Initiatives by MeitY in Emerging Technologies
- Artificial Intelligence Committees Reports
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to change the way we work and live. In view of its positive impact on the economy, the technology is being embraced by the countries across the world. Its proliferation is being regarded as part of the fourth industrial revolution. The Government of India has also envisioned to support research and development and adoption of such technologies. In view of the possible impact of AI on the economy and society and to come out with a policy framework on AI, MeitY constituted four committees on AI. Reports given by them are available on the MeitY website (https://meity.gov.in/artificial-intelligence-committees-reports).
- Centres of Excellence for Internet of Things (Gandhinagar, Bengaluru, Gurugram & Vizag)
Under the Digital India initiatives, MeitY along with NASSCOM and state governments has set up Centres of Excellence on Internet of Things at Bengaluru, Gurugram, Gandhi Nagar and Visakhapatnam. First centre on IOT was established in Bengaluru in Year 2016 along with Govt of Karnataka and NASSCOM. One of the objectives of these centres is to enable India emerge as a innovation hub in IoT through democratization of innovation and realization of prototypes. Centres of Excellence on IoT connect various entities such as startups, enterprises, venture capitalists, government and academia. They enable start-ups in areas of IoT, Big Data, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to reach their maximum potential. (https://www.coe-iot.com/)
- Centre of Excellence on Virtual & Augmented Reality (VARCoE) at IIT Bhubaneswar: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) have massive innovation potential across a wide range of industries and research fields. The research and innovation activities are currently in domains across a range of industries including product and skill development, health and medical sciences, art and architecture, transport, construction, tourism, entertainment, education, and productivity software. With an objective to explore the opportunities in this niche area, Software Technology Parks of India in partnership with MeitY, Government of Odisha, IIT-Bhubaneshwar and a philanthropist has established Centre of Entrepreneurship for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VARCoE) at IIT-Bhubaneswar. (https://www.iitbbs.ac.in/VARCoE/)
- Centre of Excellence on Gaming, VFX, Computer Vision & AI at Hyderabad: This CoE has been set up in collaboration with MeitY, STPI, the gaming industry and the Govt of Telangana in Jan 2020 to provide resources such as mentoring, technology support and funding for Gaming, Animation, VFX, Computer Vision and AI start-ups. It offers integrated programs, CVLAB and Game Lab for start-ups to scale up through its incubation facility. The centre has been branded as IMAGE. The IMAGE accelerator program includes premium plug and play co-working space for start-ups and offers access to the ecosystem which comprises IP owners, mentors, seed funding, investors and a platform to support GoToMarket strategy.
- Centre of Excellence on Blockchain Technology at Gurugram: The STPI APIARY, a Centre of Entrepreneurship in Blockchain Technology has been setup in collaboration with MeitY, STPI, Govt. of Haryana, Padup Venture Private Limited, IBM, Intel, GBA and FITT in March 2020. This is an initiative to identify and evaluate promising start-ups in the field of Blockchain technology that will be hosted in the STPI Gurugram incubation facility. A Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) is a domain-specific specialized incubation facility for start-ups in the area of emerging technologies where the highest-standards and best-practices in terms of infrastructure, technology, leadership, mentoring, training, research & development, funding, networking for the given focus area are made available. (https://apiary.stpi.in/)
- Design, Development, and Deployment of National AI Portal (INDIAai)
The National AI Portal of India (INDIAai) is a joint venture by MeitY, NeGD and NASSCOM that has been set up to prepare the nation for an AI future. The portal has plethora of research reports, datasets, case studies, educational institutes, courses, and articles about the ever-growing field of Artificial Intelligence. (https://indiaai.gov.in)
- POC for AI Research Analytics and Knowledge Dissemination Platform (AIRAWAT)
The Govt. has initiated a project AIRAWAT (AI Research, Analytics and Knowledge Dissemination Platform) for providing a common compute platform for AI research and knowledge assimilation. This AI computing infrastructure will be used by all Technology Innovation Hubs, research labs, scientific community, industry, start-ups and institutions under the National Knowledge Network. The PoC for AIRAWAT will be developed with 200 petaflops Mix Precision AI Machine which will be scalable to a peak compute of 790 AI petaflops.
- Formation of Inter-Ministerial Committee for Development of Robotics Ecosystem in the country
MeitY has constituted an inter-ministerial committee with secretaries from DoT, DSIR, DST, DPIIT and NITI Aayog as members and secretary, MeitY as the convener. The committee shall be studying the best practices on role of government in supporting their domestic robotics industry & suggest way forward to foster end-to-end ecosystem centred on robotics including research, design, manufacturing, prototyping and utilization in manufacturing.