Southern Indian State sets sight on becoming a technology hub in the region.
The Southern Indian state of Telangana has partnered with technology services company, Tech Mahindra to open a delivery centre in Warangal city.
Shri KT Rama Rao, IT and Industries Minister at Telangana said the opening of Tech Mahindra’s Warangal campus is an important step in our consistent efforts to digitally transform Warangal and other tier-II cities within the state by riding high on the immense potential of its people and by leveraging new age technologies like AI and blockchain.
“Through this initiative, we aim to provide gainful employment opportunities to our people living beyond the metro cities,” he said. “The initiative reaffirms continued efforts by the state government to promote tier-II cities like Warangal as the next best technology destination in Telangana after Hyderabad, and to generate employment opportunities for the youth of the state.”
For India to enter the league of five trillion economies, it is important that the government, industry, and academia across all the states and regions work cohesively to participate and evolve in its digital transformation journey, said Minister Rao.
In early January, a report highlighting Telangana’s AI framework and the projects taken as part of the Year of AI initiative, ‘Telangana’s Year of AI – 2020 and Beyond,’ was released by the State government.
The report outlines the six-pronged strategy the government adhered to make the initiative a success.
The report discusses initiatives and activities launched by a number of partners such as Intel, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amazon Web Services, and others.
The government leveraged various AI projects during the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and came up with a Covid-19 data platform, which predicted the rate of transmission of the virus, district-level situational awareness, and so on.
As of now, the State government’s Year of AI project is currently concentrating on agri tech and exploring the usage of big data in farming.
Some key AI initiatives includes:
- AI for Agricultural Innovation
- Works in collaboration with the World Economic Forum to achieve digital transformation across the value chain
- Agri-DataHub initiatives
- A data collection exercise by the government as AI-based innovators in agri tech space need huge amounts of data
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- AI-based pest management solution using common smartphones
- Covid-19 data platform Delivered more than 100 dashboards using anonymised government data sets along with public data sets
- Face mask violation enforcement
- Using image recognition algorithms on live CCTV video feeds to detect face mask violation
- T Covid19
- Telangana’s official Covid-19 app
- Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge
- Works towards skilling 1 million youngsters in AI by 2021