On October 12, 2018, Microsoft India & NITI Aayog signed a MOU to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare.
i. Under this agreement, Microsoft would combining the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas.
ii. It will also accelerate the use of AI for:
• Development and adoption of local language computing by Natural Language Processing tools,
• Building capacity for AI among the workforce through education.
• For solutions with farm advisory services & healthcare screening models at Primary Health Centres.
iii. In the health sector, Microsoft will also support NITI Aayog in preparing a blueprint for AI-led Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programs.
iv. It would also promote STEM education in the areas of AI studies and data sciences for young women in institutes identified by NITI Aayog.
v. Additionally, a Microsoft – NITI Aayog Problem to Solution Incubation Test Bed will be set up within its premises in Bangalore to develop AI driven solutions for societal problems identified by NITI Aayog.
Microsoft India:
President: Anant Maheshwari.
About NITI Aayog:
♦ Chairperson: PM Narendra Modi.
♦ CEO: Amitabh Kant.
♦ Founded: 1 January 2015.