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Microsoft India signs pact with NITI Aayog for AI tools in agriculture, healthcare

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: AI (artificial intelligence)

Mains level: Applications of AI & its future in India


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Context

  • Microsoft India has signed an agreement with NITI Aayog to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare.

Details of the Agreement

  1. Microsoft India will support NITI Aayog by combining the cloud, AI, research and its vertical expertise for new initiatives and solutions across several core areas.
  2. Microsoft will also accelerate the use of AI for the development and adoption of local language computing.
  3. Under the agreement, Microsoft will provide NITI Aayog advanced AI-based solutions to address challenges in agriculture and healthcare.
  4. It will include farm advisory services, healthcare screening models at Primary Health Cntres, and building capacity for AI through education.
  5. Additionally Microsoft will promote STEM education in the areas of AI studies and data sciences for young women in institutes identified by NITI Aayog.
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