Maharashtra and Google signed a pact to utilise Artificial Intelligence for solutions in sectors like agriculture, healthcare and education.
The Maharashtra government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with search engine giant Google to utilise Artificial Intelligence for solutions in sectors like agriculture, healthcare and education. The MoU was signed at the company’s office here in the presence of deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Sanjay Gupta, country head and vice president, Google India; and state chief secretary Nitin Kareer.
Mr Fadnavis said, “Few weeks back, I met Gupta ji, and we had a small talk on how AI is affecting our lives, and he informed me that their different centres of excellence are creating different platforms and applications which are not only changing the businesses but the lives of people. I told him about the government’s plan to set up a centre of excellence in Nagpur. Here we both thought that this can be a mutually beneficial partnership.”
Google and the state government will work together on seven areas, he said, adding that one of them is “agricultural sustainability.” “Today we are talking about sustainability in every sphere of life but the sustainability issues are much more vital in agriculture. Half our worries in government are about agriculture sustainability. With climate change issues, we have unseasonal rains, we have droughts in same year. It has become a localised phenomena that we need more predictability and sustainability in the field of agriculture,” Mr Fadnavis added.
The government will also collaborate with Google for taking healthcare to “the last man of society. We can create infrastructure but the issue is with human resources. I do not blame the doctors but trained doctors have ample opportunities in cities and they are not ready to go to the interior places, and it is the technology which can bridge the gap. With AI, we can take the quality healthcare to the last man of the society and apply it,” he concluded.