Seed to Scale: Empowering India’s Startup Ecosystem

AI for Global Good: Empowering the Global South

An interesting Session was organized on the topic of AI Competency Framework for Public Sector

FinTech BizNews Service

Mumbai, July 04, 2024:There were a number of side sessions that were held today, i.e. the second day of the Global INDIAai Summit. The brief of all these side sessions is as follows:

Side Session 6: IndiaAI: Empowering Talent through AI Education & Skilling

The session began with a keynote by Prof. T G Sitharam, Chairman, AICTE. The session included distinguished panelists, namely Ms. Shweta Khurana, Sr. Director, Intel (Moderator), Mr. Amit Singhee, CTO, IBM, Ms. Joyce Poan, Chief of Education, UNESCO, Mr. Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India & Asia-Pacific, Coursera, Mr. Prakash Kumar, CEO, Wadhwani Government Digital Transformation, and Mr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, NETF.

The discussion covered India’s unique needs and collaboration among industry, public sector and society to build an AI-ready generation in India, emphasizing human intelligence to thrive in an AI-driven world. The need for mutual recognition of certifications was also discussed to ensure the effectiveness of training and skill development initiatives across different regions and countries. The importance of curated and age-appropriate AI learning environments was also covered.

Side Session 7: AI for Global Good: Empowering the Global South

The opening remarks were made by Shri Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (NEST Division), Ministry of External Affairs. The keynote was given by Shri S. Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Shri Sushil Pal, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation Division), MeitY moderated the session. The delegates at the level of Minister, Charge d'Affaires, High Commissioner and Secretary to the respective Government of Brazil, Cuba, Malaysia, South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Morocco, and Senegal graced the session.  The importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue, priority use-cases, compute capacity, open-source tech, AI divide, etc were discussed. The global south countries appreciated the efforts of India to mainstream the global south and represent its interest in the global AI forums.

Side Session 9: IndiaAI: From Seed to Scale- Empowering India’s Startup Ecosystem

The keynote was given by Shri. Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, GoI. The session included distinguished panelists, namely Ms. Chandra R. Srikanth, Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol (Moderator), Mr. Rajan Anandan, MD, Peak XV Partners and Surge, Mr. Raman Ramanathan, Former Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Mr. Mayuresh Raut, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SeaFund, Mr. Abhishek Upperwal, Founder & CEO, SoketLabs, Mr. Abhinav Aggarwal, Co-founder & CEO, Fluid AI, and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Special Chief Secretary, ITE&C and Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Telangana. The discussion highlighted the fact that INDIAai Mission has been approved with an outlay of ₹10,372 crore and out of this, ₹2,000 crore would be utilized towards supporting the Indian startup ecosystem to develop indigenous AI based solutions. The support would also include resolution of issues such as compute, dataset and skills and access to GPU Infrastructure would be made available at subsidized rate. Insights revealed that India has a competitive advantage in AI owing to skills, market and demand. For entrepreneurs, the value creation and return on investment over and above cost will be the key catalyst. INDIAai Mission can lower the cost of innovation and indigenous development.


Side Session 10: IndiaAI: Data Ecosystem 

The keynote was given by Dr. Saurabh Garg IAS, Secretary, MoSPI, GoI. The session included distinguished panelists, namely Mr. Manu Chopra, CEO, Karya (Moderator), Mr. Gaurav Godhwani, Co-Founder CivicData labs, Prof. Avik Sarkar, Indian School of Business, Mr. Rahul Kulkarni, Chief Technologist, Samagra, Mr. Sharavan Goli, Strategic Advisor, Coursera and Ms. Kavita Bhatia, COO, IndiaAI. The discussion highlighted the existing legal frameworks in India, and existing dataset platforms maintained by various Ministries of Government of India and the regulators.  Insight was emphasized to focus on who is creating data, who is collecting data and who is driving notional and economical value of data, the individual’s interest and national interest.


Side Session 11: AI Competency Framework for Public Sector 

The keynote was given by Shri S N Tripathi, Director General, IIPA. The session included distinguished panelists, namely Mr. Rakesh Verma, COO, Karmayogi Bharat (Moderator), Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Former Secretary, MeitY,  Ms. Kirti Seth, CEO-SSC, NASSCOM, Mr. Hezekiel Dlamini, Advisor, UNESCO, and Shri Prakash Kumar, CEO, Wadhwani Centre. The discussion highlighted the existing legal frameworks in India, and existing dataset platforms maintained by various Ministries of GoI and the regulators. The discussion dwelt on covering the population such as deep skilling are imparted to some researchers, application skills for many such as developers and basic skills for everyone. National Education Policy and Global Skill Comparison Framework were also discussed. UNESCO’s ongoing work on AI competency was covered. The aspects of functional competency, domain competency and application competency were also discussed.

Side Session 12: Sustainable Agriculture 

In the last session of the summit, the keynote was given jointly by Mr. Rajeev Chawla, Chief Knowledge Officer, MoAFW, GoI and Ms. Inma Martinez, GPAI, MEG Chair. The session included distinguished panelists, namely Mr. Sanjay Uppal, CEO,, Mr. Praveen Pankajkashan, VP, Cropin, Mr. Mohammed Salman, Sr. Product Manager, Wadhwani AI, Mr. Nipun Marhotra, CEO, The Agri Collaboratory (Moderator), Mr. Sudeep Marwa, Head, ICAR-IASRI, Ms. Sai Gole, Co-Founder, Bharat Agri,  Ms. Aviarasi Sundaram, Samunnati and Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Former Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR, GoI. The discussion covered the India’s AgriStack, use of AI in various countries, data driven credit disbursement to farmers and lending of micro-credit up-to USD 10 (roughly Rs 800), the timeliness of Agri information collection and timely action w.r.t. pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest activities. 






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