Artificial Intelligence: Indian Vice President calls for AI solutions in agriculture, health and education

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Artificial Intelligence: Indian Vice President calls for AI solutions in agriculture, health and education
Artificial Intelligence: Indian Vice President calls for AI solutions in agriculture, health and education

To ensure quality farm output, to bring about efficient grading of the produce, and to enable better price discovery for farmers, Naidu, enumerating the possible applications for Artificial Intelligence, suggested that industry and developers should work towards finding solutions for precision agriculture

To deliver benefits to the people and enhance their quality of life, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, on Tuesday called for tapping the potential of revolutionary technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Naidu urged the educational institutions, researchers and developers to come out with practical Artificial Intelligence solutions in the fields of agriculture, health and education.

To ensure quality farm output, to bring about efficient grading of the produce, and to enable better price discovery for farmers, Naidu, enumerating the possible applications for Artificial Intelligence, suggested that industry and developers should work towards finding solutions for precision agriculture.

He also suggested exploring Artificial Intelligence based smart solutions in health such as remote diagnosis, and automatic translation of English texts to Indian languages in education.

“If such solutions can be scaled up, even a small gain in efficiency and productivity can bring positive changes in the lives of millions of people”, Naidu said.

Addressing a gathering at IIT Jodhpur after laying the foundation for a fabrication laboratory for Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIOT), Naidu remarked that technologies like AI and AIOT have been revolutionising many sectors of the global economy since the last decade.

Touching upon the economic potential of Artificial Intelligence, Naidu noted that AI has the potential to add $957 billion or 15 per cent of the current gross value added to India’s economy by 2035.

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

“This is absolutely important in today’s data driven world”, Naidu added.

He also lauded the recent decision of 14 engineering colleges across eight states to offer courses in regional languages and called for more such professional courses in higher education in Indian languages.

He also said that Artificial Intelligence holds immense potential in promotion of Indian languages by way of automatic translation from English and other languages.

On the occasion, Naidu inaugurated the Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) at IIT Jodhpur. Noting that India has risen from the rank of 81 in 2015 to 46 in 2021 in the Global Innovation Index, Naidu said, “Innovation should become the national mantra for development”.

The Vice President also interacted with the local artisans during his visit to IIT Jodhpur. He called for providing better marketing conditions for their artworks and handicrafts by praising the Rajasthani artisans for their talent in traditional crafts.

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