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Indian AI stack : Industry interaction with the AI Standardisation Committee

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The Department of Telecommunications, in Sep 2019, formed the AI Standardisation Committee for framing standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and developing Indian stack for AI.

In line with this mandate, the Committee published the Discussion Paper on the Framework of an Indian AI stack for public consultation in September 2020. The paper proposes a stack that seeks to remove the impediments to AI deployment by putting in place a comprehensive framework. As per the committee the framework will create an enabling environment to exploit AI productively in various walks of life.

In this context, on 15th October, NASSCOM had organised an interactive meeting between the Committee and AI experts from the industry. Chairman, AI standardisation Committee made a presentation on the proposed framework and shared the approach the Committee wanted to follow.  The presentation was followed by an open discussion, where the members from the industry shared their view on the proposals.

The need for an Indian Stack, the key concerns that the stack will address, the challenges in developing and implementing an AI stack of the scale envisaged and the feasibility of developing the Stack were important subjects that were discussed. Some industry members pointed out that there are too many objectives that the Stack aims to achieve and suggested that focusing on few important objectives will be of help. There was a view that there is no sufficient clarity on the need for an AI stack of the scale envisaged and suggested that the proposal be reviewed, and the benefit be articulated clearly.

The industry also shared it concerns that the proposal would have on the IP rights of the AI innovators, and requested the committee to reconsider the aspects that would impact ease of doing business.

The committee took note of the feedback and expressed the its view that the suggestions and feedback will be taken into consideration in framing the next steps. The committee expressed its intention to have a consultative approach in framing the standards and the architecture of the AI Stack, and sought close engagement with the industry.

Further to this discussion, NASSCOM, based on the inputs from the industry will make a submission providing detailed feedback on the discussion paper.

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