Including voice-based access, the Digital India Bhashini scheme will enable easy access to internet and digital services in India languages and by leveraging language-based machine learning models, the scheme will help the creation of content in Indian languages
The Digital India Week 2022 exhibition has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, launching four new digital initiatives and a cohort of institutions supported under the Chip to Startup (C2S) programme.
In a bid to enhance accessibility of technology and streamlining service delivery, the four new initiatives – Digital India Bhashini, Digital India GENESIS, Indiastack.global, and MyScheme were launched by the Prime Minister in the presence of Railway, IT and communications minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of State for IT, Rajeev Chandrashekhar.
Including voice-based access, the Digital India Bhashini scheme will enable easy access to internet and digital services in India languages and by leveraging language-based machine learning models, the scheme will help the creation of content in Indian languages. This will require the creation of multilingual datasets that will be built through a crowdsourced exercise called BhashaDaan.
The Prime Minister also announced the cohort of 30 institutions that will be supported under the Chip to Startup (C2S) programme, under the India Semiconductor Mission. The institutions will be empowered to train 85,000 specialised manpower in semiconductor design at bachelors, masters and research levels. The C2S scheme aims to facilitie 175 unique semiconductor designs, 30 IP cores, 20 systems and 25 startups.
The programme will also offer mentoring at organisational level and make available state-of-the-art facilities for chip design.
NIT Manipur, India Institute of Technology Design and Manufacturing, Andhra Pradesh, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, Indian Institute of Information Technology, among others are the institutes selected in the cohort.
To empower startups to discover, support, grow and make successful ventures in small towns of India, the Digital India GENESIS, which stands for Gen-Next Support for Innovation Startups is an initiative. The government has outlaid INR 750 crore for the scheme.
Implemented under the Digital India Misson like Aadhaar, UPI, Digilocker, CowiN vaccination platform, Government e-Marketplace and the likes, the Indiastack.global initiative is a repository of open standards and interoperability principles of key projects. The repository will help other countries looking to implement such projects at population scale.
For users to find which schemes they are eligible for, the Myscheme initiative is a discovery platform, aiming to be a one-stop search and discovery portal. To provide access to multiple online apps and services, the Prime Minister also announced the Meri Pehchaan scheme, which is an authentication service requiring a single set of credentials.
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