Indian think tank NITI Aayog and tech giant Microsoft India have forged a partnership to leverage AI-based solutions in two sectors — agriculture and healthcare. Redmond giant will help the Indian think tank in pushing the use of AI, cloud and research and develop vertical expertise in new initiatives and solutions across agriculture, healthcare and environment.
Satya Nadella led Microsoft has already made significant strides in advancing AI-based solutions to address challenges in Indian agriculture and healthcare with solutions in improving healthcare screening models and farm advisory services. Microsoft has taken concrete steps to address societal challenges and is working across the government, academia and entrepreneurs to help incubate technologies for societal impact, with special emphasis on cloud and AI platforms.
According to Amitabh Kant, CEO at NITI Aayog who was cited in VCCircle, the inclusive development of AI in India requires the technology to be implemented across the sectors. He also emphasised the partnership will help public sectors benefit from the adoption of cloud and AI technologies and effectively scale the implementation of AI in medical screening and farm advisory services.
Under the farm advisory services, the Redmond giant will help in increasing the crop yield especially in areas like yield and pest detection. The company will deploy remote sensing and image processing applications to assess weather data collection and also provide pest risk detection model to prevent attacks. In healthcare screening services, the company will build AI-assisted models to detect diabetic retinopathy screening models which will help in early risk detection.