India can see rapid changes in the tech sector in the next 10 years due to Niti Ayog’s approval for artificial intelligence in health care, agriculture, education, and rural development. This will open new areas of employment for social scientists as well as technology experts.
This was the conclusion that was reached at the first session of the Idea Conclave at the GB Pant Social Science Institute on Thursday, 7th March 2019. The computer science experts who attended the event were Sudipta Roy, Punam Bedi, Vasundhara Bhatnagar. They were also industry representatives such as GS Darbari, and academicians such as Shahswat Biswas and Ashish Khare. The session was moderated by Prof US Tiwary from IIIT, Allahabad. Punam Bedi emphasized the importance of data in artificial intelligence through deep learning and machine learning.
The industry will require data managers to maintain clean data repositories pertaining to rural India which are absent at the moment, Bedi highlighted. Data is the most important aspect of data analytics but there are things that can go wrong with the data such as the arrangement, construction, spelling, formatting, extra spaces, duplication etc.
Prof Suneet Singh, the conclave’s coordinator said that this is the time to introduce artificial intelligence in the rural development curriculum. Those who do not adapt to the changing demands of the technology, fail to keep up with it and perish.
IFFCO CEO and the chief guest Uday Shankar Aswasthi highlighted the importance of precision farming and how it is the technology of the future which can change the way one views the rural economy. Nano-fertilizers are being developed and two milligrams of which can replace 100 kg of urea. But rural development’s future is deeply embedded in gender equality.