Artificial Intelligence Takes Centre Stage With PM Modi And World Leaders At Vibrant Gujarat 2019

Conceptualised in 2003, the biannual event Vibrant Gujarat hosted its 9th edition in Gandhi Nagar inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Conceptualised in 2003, the biannual event Vibrant Gujarat hosted its 9th edition in Gandhi Nagar inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gujarat is ready to welcome everyone in #VibrantGujarat 2019. pic.twitter.com/Wb4Zm3Mkm5


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— BJP Gujarat (@BJP4Gujarat) January 16, 2019

Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi at the inauguration of the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.#VibrantGujarat2019#VibrantGujarat#VG2019#ShapingANewIndia#VGGSpic.twitter.com/KxgO53nOAl

— Vibrant Gujarat (@VibrantGujarat) January 18, 2019

This year’s Vibrant Gujarat had fifteen partnering countries: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, UAE and Uzbekistan. And on the very first day of the event, PM Narendra Modi had bilateral meetings with four world leaders where he discussed issues ranging from investment to geopolitics to artificial intelligence (AI). The leaders the PM Modi met are President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat and Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis.

Here Are The Glimpses Of What PM Modi Discussed With The Four World Leader:

Shavkat Mirziyoyev (President of Uzbekistan)

According toreports, PM Modi thanked President Mirziyoyev for his support for the First India-Central Asia Dialogue “where important discussions also took place on support to peace and development in Afghanistan”.

India is honoured to host the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

We had fruitful talks on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar. We discussed various aspects relating to India-Uzbekistan ties. @president_uzpic.twitter.com/Y14sqvBFtt

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2019

During the conversation, Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that the dialogue “demonstrated India’s positive impact on the Central Asia region and the joint quest of the participant countries for peace in Afghanistan.” Also, taking India’s energy requirement as one of the priorities, Novoi Minerals and Metallurgical Company of Uzbekistan signed an agreement with India’s Atomic Energy department regarding a long term supply of Uranium Ore Concentrate.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Prime Minister of Denmark)

Lars Løkke Rasmussen is the 2nd Nordic leader after Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to visit India this month. During the event, PM Modi and Rasmussen discussed the technology cooperation regarding trade, energy, agriculture and other areas, and also about reviving the ties between the two nations.

Had an excellent meeting with PM @larsloekke of Denmark.

Denmark is a valued friend and we discussed deepening cooperation in energy, trade, agriculture and other areas. pic.twitter.com/p3eP0jqUMW

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2019

From shipping to renewable energy to environment to agriculture to food processing, around 130 Danish companies have invested in different areas in India.

Dr Joseph Muscat (Prime Minister of Malta)

In conversation with Dr Joseph Muscat, PM Modi discussed verticals like Indian Pharma and IT industry (especially Artificial Intelligence). Furthermore, Dr Muscat invited India to cooperate with Malta on technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Block-chain, and fintech. Malta, which is also unofficially known as the “1st blockchain island” brought in formal legislation on Block-chain technology and sees Indian IT playing a vital role.

Great meeting with PM @JosephMuscat_JM of Malta. Our talks will add tremendous strength to bilateral ties between our nations and benefit the people of our countries. pic.twitter.com/pHwdnNcBCt

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2019

Andrej Babis (Prime Minister of Czech Republic)

From Defense to transportation to manufacturing, PM Modi and Andrej Babis had a wide range of discussions at the summit. The Czech PM has also invited nomination of an Indian scientist for its R&D Council.

Mr. Andrej Babiš, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and I held wide-ranging talks in Gandhinagar. His presence at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit is a great gesture. We discussed bilateral cooperation in defence, transportation and manufacturing. pic.twitter.com/ttVYVcc5Ca

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2019

Witnessing the grand success of the event, many officials took to Twitter and shared their moments from Vibrant Gujarat.

It seems everyone is at #VibrantGujarat. Stoked to meet and chat with Aussie #cricket legend Allan Border. A great start to my year! 🏏 pic.twitter.com/yjpbw7AX8q

— Harinder Sidhu (@AusHCIndia) January 19, 2019

I have been a regular participant at #VibrantGujarat. Delighted to see it grow, evolve & progress from an investment event to a collaborative partnership summit.Vast participation from leading global CEOs,a range of countries & domestic investors. Tremendous energy & dynamism. pic.twitter.com/fsBG89XFtm

— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) January 18, 2019

Inauguration of the 9th Edition of the #VibrantGujarat Global Summit by Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. #ShapingANewIndiapic.twitter.com/sy5BNOBdWm

— Darshana Jardosh (@DarshanaJardosh) January 18, 2019

#VibrantGujarat 2019: A resonating and echoing success!

Thank you PM @narendramodi for this visionary concept which has become an integral part of Gujarat’s economy and CM @vijayrupanibjp for brilliantly executing it. pic.twitter.com/tJV5yDMNAh

— Shankar Chaudhary (@ChaudhryShankar) January 22, 2019



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What Makes India An Artificial Intelligence Specialist?

… a recent survey announced that India is the 13th most advanced country the world in terms of the development of artificial intelligence technologies.

To no one’s surprise, a recent survey announced that India is the 13th most advanced country the world in terms of the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Over the past decade, India has flourished greatly in AI. But what is the reason behind it?

“The road ahead for AI depends on and will be driven by ‘human intentions’. It is our intention that will determine the outcome of AI,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said after inaugurating the Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Mumbai’s Kalina Campus.


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What Makes India So Good?

In the last few years, numerous entrepreneurs have come up with AI-based services in applications ranging from farming to healthcare and education. We have also seen the government undertaking initiatives to adapt AI in its policies as well. It has partnered with several AI institutes to implement AI projects. It is these AI projects that have helped the country do so well in the field. Also, partnering with various reputed international AI institutes has helped the country develop an effective AI strategy.

Government Support: The government has shown great support in leveraging AI. NITI Aayog’s unique brand called #AIforAll is an approach that focuses on how India can leverage the transformative technologies to ensure social and inclusive growth in line with the development philosophy of the government. It aims to enhance and empower human capabilities to address the challenges of access, affordability, shortage and inconsistency of skilled expertise. It also aims to tackle some global challenges from the AI perspective, be it an application, research, development, technology or responsible AI. With this initiative, it has extended its support in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure and smart mobility and transportation sectors. One example of the NITI Aayog using AI is its development of an AI-based crop yield prediction model for a real-time advisory to farmers on crop yield and pest outbreak.

Not just the national government, but the state governments are putting their best foot forward in making use of AI. For example, the Andhra Pradesh government has been using cloud management and data storage in governance to resolve issues of the people in the state.

Talent Pool: There are more than 200 AI-based startups in India that are helping different sectors. It has progressed so much in recent times because experts from a different set of advanced computing power have come together to help areas from farming to healthcare.

Big Indian companies such as Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are setting up AI labs. Indian IT services giants such as Infosys and Wipro are making huge investments in AI. IT industry body Nasscom is setting up Centre of Excellence (COE) in AI in Karnataka and Telangana with companies like IBM, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Intel and AWS, on the lines of its successful 10,000 Startups program.

Collaborations And Partnerships: There are many collaborations and partnerships that the country involves itself in when dealing with the advancement of AI. These partnerships are not just within the country but also across the globe. Global corporations NVIDIA, Microsoft and Google have all set up AI labs in India. Tech giant Microsoft is working with the state government to predict dropout rates in government schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It makes use of AI to predict with some margin of error, who among the current cohort are likely to drop out.

Concluding Note

IT industry body NASSCOM Vice President KS Viswanathan had said that India has formed a policy group to study new technologies and recommend a framework for their adoption. “We all are currently working out on a policy framework on AI.”

India is getting very serious about AI. With a rich spread of talent in the sector of computer science and data science and the related fields, the country is making its mark in the AI world market. With a more success rate, more talent will eventually be pooled into this glamorous field in the country and we are already on our march to raising our rank in the AI competition.



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Industrial Automation and Artificial Intelligence Must to Transform India Into a USD1 Trillion …

Industry leaders gathered at India’s largest industrial automation event ‘Rockwell Automation on the Move’ 2019 (RAOTM) conference emphasized on …

Industry leaders gathered at India’s largest industrial automation event ‘Rockwell Automation on the Move’ 2019 (RAOTM) conference emphasized on the need for a major shift towards Industry 4.0 technologies if India aims to triple its combined factory output in gross value added (GVA) terms to $1 trillion by 2025.

Noting that the ambitious target needs a concerted effort from across the industry, Rockwell Automation is taking the lead by further expanding its Partner Network in India to allow local manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-class manufacturing solutions across industry verticals.

The announcement was made at Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM 2019 Annual User Group Conference in which industry partners and customers are invited to showcase and discuss latest digital transformation solutions and business opportunities. This year the conference hosted over 25 exhibits and 50 technology sessions.

Dilip Sawhney, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation India said, “We want to take the lead in building India’s first industry 4.0 ecosystem of partner companies that will create solutions for The Connected Enterprise that can analyze machine conditions in advance to avoid breakdowns and enhance productivity but also improve on quality and compliance parameters.”

Rockwell Automation has in the past partnered with L&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Endress+Hauser, and Wipro Infrastructure Engineering to develop smart manufacturing solutions in India.

John Watts, Regional Marketing Director, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation added, “Globally, digital-induced disruption is inevitable. To maintain and improve global competitiveness, Indian manufacturers need to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0. While India has a lot of catching up to do in this respect, it can accelerate digital transformation by leveraging its strengths in the IT services sector and tapping the entrepreneurial spirit seen in the start-up sector.”

Throughout the event, Rockwell Automation and its partner companies showcased new products and solutions support:

  • The Connected Enterprise: New analytics and digital solutions that can help transform data into understandable information, empowering users to confidently make more informed decisions – from the plant floor to the enterprise.
  • Data Analytics and Augmented Reality: How Rockwell Automation is expanding its portfolio and tapping into its partnership with PTC to help customers increase productivity and plant efficiency, reduce operational risk and provide better system interoperability.
  • Innovation: Customers will get an early look at how new technologies will change manufacturing and production, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, wearables and other disruptive technologies.

Rockwell Automation is bringing RAOTM to 3 more cities this year –

  • Bangkok, Thailand (Mar 5)
  • Tianjin, China (May 15 & 16)
  • Jakarta, Indonesia (Apr 30)

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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India ranks third globally concerning high-quality research publications in Artificial Intelligence (AI) but is at a significant distance from world leaders …

Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.

Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.

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Mr Burman watering a sapling at the tree plantation drive organised by his non-profit Mobius Foundation

Traditional wisdom and modern research

A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.

As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.

Pradip Burman

Pradip Burman

A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.

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Ayurvet is one of the best ventures by Mr Burman

As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.


An advocate of sustainability

Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.

Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.



Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics

In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.

Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.

Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.


A dream school in the making

At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.

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World Environment School hopes to shape future green leaders (Representational Image, Credits – elfederal.com.ar)

Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.

The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.


The Sustainability Conference of 2019

In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.

It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.


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Mr. Pradip Burman delivering a speech at Jagan Institute Of Management Studies

The Sustainability crusader

The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.


Living beyond the limits

When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.

He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.

In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.

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Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation inaugurated the two-day Pan IIT Conclave 2019 on the theme “Artificial …
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Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation inaugurated the two-day Pan IIT Conclave 2019 on the theme “Artificial Intelligence: What does the future hold for India?”.

Goel discussed reinforcing the application of AI and ML across industries to propel India to be future ready.

The Keynote speaker, K Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, TCS, shared his vision for AI’s future in India.


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Unique, out of box thoughts and visions were emphasized on the significance and contribution of AI in the future of India and multiple speakers shared their ideas in line with addressing the potential challenges.

On the first day of the event, discussions were focused towards multiple smaller themes like AI for Social Good, AI for Education, Future of Work, AI in Manufacturing, Ethics, Privacy and Security of AI Systems, Security of AI Systems and AI for Agriculture.

The panel on AI for Social Good led by P Anandan, CEO of Wadhwani AI spoke of how AI can help us increase the impact of doing good for the society. The session on AI for Education showcased the role of AI in redefining India’s education landscape with a greater focus on improved learning outcomes as well as on the opportunities and challenges within the education sector.

The potential of how AI can improve processes and quality in manufacturing industry was also discussed. The focus was on how AI can help improve the safety of people working in manufacturing processes and eventually increase efficiency.

Discussion in the arena of Ethics, Privacy and Security panel with respect to Artificial Intelligence were too discussed.

“Key is content creation and curation of information. AI is really helping with predictive suggestions towards sieving information on the web. Hyper-personalization is now possible for you to have test applications to train you better on your weaknesses. We need to focus on creating more engaging content for the students to build connections.” said Sudha Ram, Professor, CSE and IS, the University of Arizona and Anand Rangarajan, Director, Google India at the event.

Finally, the session AI for Agriculture shed light on the multitude potential of technology to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the agricultural sector and leadership. According to Sriram Raghavan, VP, IBM Research & CTO IBM India, India needs digitization in agriculture accompanied by educating our farmers about its use.



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