Odisha Takes Big Tech Leap: Naveen Launches ‘Odisha for AI’ & ‘AI for Youth’ Initiative; Know Details Here

Bhubaneswar: In a major leap in technology, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched ‘Odisha for Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence for Youth’ initiatives.

The state government has roped in international technology company Intel for the initiative. In the first phase, the initiative will be implemented in Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack.

Odisha for AI is a free 4-hour course on AI by Intel on itye app/site. Initially, it will be open to all in the three cities and subsequently to all in the state. The site has detailed information about the course.

AI for Youth is meant for the students below 18 of years belonging to 5T schools of phase1 and Odisha Adarsh Vidyalayas.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Artificial Intelligence holds an incredible potential to reshape our world and drive progress. Stating that his government has focused on technology driven transformation, which is one of the key components of the 5-T initiative, he assured that the initiative will augment digital literacy of the masses and make them familiar with the next generation cutting edge technology. It will also create an ecosystem fostering research, innovation, and application across sectors, he added.

Complimenting the State Electronics & IT Department, and Intel India for the collaboration, Naveen advised all departments in government to take advantage of these programmes and train officials for enabling them to be at the forefront of the AI revolution. He expressed confidence that the initiative will harness AI for economic growth, transformation of governance and the betterment of lives of our citizens and society.

The chief minister called upon all to embrace this new chapter to unlock the limitless potential of the youth and build a future where Artificial Intelligence serves as a tool for empowerment of the citizens and inclusive growth of Odisha.

Electronics & IT Minister Tusharkanti Behera highlighted the state’s initiative in technology that is transforming Odisha in different sectors. He said this AI initiative will put Odisha in the top league among the states in India.

Intel India Head Nivruti Rai also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary, Electronics & IT Manoj Mishra highlighted the scope and utility of AI for the future of Odisha.

Among others, Development Commissioner Anu Garg, Secretary to CM (5-T) VK Pandian and other senior officers were present.

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