Digital transformation, riding on the wave of new-age tech — AI, cloud computing, IoT, blockchains, robotics– can drive the manufacturing sector to create $1 trillion economy by 2025 up from $200 bn, said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. According to the CEO, the Central government’s Digital India push helped to bridge the digital divide in the country. “Digital is the future,” and if India wanted to improve the social and health sectors, going digital was critical.
NITI Aayog has launched India’s own cloud storage platform DigiBoxx, an alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive. The step is seen as part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’ initiative. DigiBoxx will provide storage services to users and enterprises at a dirt-cheap price. An end-user plan begins with Rs 30 per month while for enterprises it starts at Rs 999. The data will be encrypted and stored in servers in India.
SAP labs India will train 500 teachers over the next three years under NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission. The company will also create a platform for the existing 68 Atal Incubation Centers to foster engagement and select five of its startups for accelerator support and investment. AIM is govt’s initiative to develop new programs and policies for fostering innovation. SAP will also provide digital education to 30,000 students in Karnataka, UP and NE.
IBM will set up an AI Centre of Excellence with the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to bring in transparency, usability, efficiency and cost savings in the public procurement process. The company is working with the Karnataka state govt and Niti Aayog to deploy precision agriculture solutions combining AI and weather data to help farmers make better decisions. The solutions were developed in India.
Niti Aayog has tapped Oracle to modernise its IT infrastructure for the Aspirational Districts Programme. This involves collecting transformation data from underdeveloped areas of the country to track their growth over time. Also, data will be shared in real-time with district collectors and other authorities for real-time governance. Oracle Autonomous Database, backed with AI/ML, requires minimal IT resources and will be the key cloud service for this project.
Aarogya Setu has helped the authorities to identify “more than 3,000 hotspots in 3-17 days ahead of time ” said NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant. He said that the app has reached to “50 mn subscribers in 15 days and 100 mn subscribers in 40 days.” The CEO revealed that of the over 114 mn users, two-thirds have taken the self-assessment test to evaluate exposure to COVID-19. Aarogya Setu, so far, has helped identify about 500,000 Bluetooth contacts.