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NITI Aayog set to open a window of public data for startups via a portal to promote innovation

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New Delhi, May 28 (KNN) To promote startups in the country and facilitate them, NITI Aayog will soon launch a new portal that will open the floodgate of public data for them.

Speaking at a conclave on artificial intelligence organized by Bennet University, the government think tank NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant has said that the Aayog will soon launch a new portal that will allow private organizations, especially startups, to use public data available with various ministries for innovation and come up with sector-specific solutions.

Sharing the motto of launching this portal, Kant said the government departments are generally protective in sharing public data with private players which has restricted the scope of technological research, thus by opening a window of data for private players will not only expand the scope of research in India but also promote innovation.

With this startups can leverage the data with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to address India-specific issues, he added.

With an aim to skill million people into AI technologies and bridge the gap of quality workforce and trained manpower, the University has launched the initiative.

On, Kant said, “Such initiatives have the potential to change the landscape of AI research in India as they bring together startups, industry and academia to work on providing application-inspired ideas.” 

Talking about Artificial Intelligence, Kant said that the technological improvement could help increase India’s year-on-year growth rate by 1.3 percent.

In this direction, the government has been working with different organizations like Microsoft, IBM and ISRO in different sectors and has already introduced the use of AI in increasing agricultural productivity, Kant added.

The university also informed that Amazon had set up its first Intelligent Devices Lab in the country, on the varsity campus that would help create new skills and promote cutting-edge research in speech technology.


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