Hyderabad, Telangana: The Emerging Technologies Wing of the ITE&C Department of the Telangana Government has worked hand in hand with the Indo-German Development Cooperation Project “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence” to build AI capabilities and open AI projects source. The project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The partnership started in 2021 with the inclusion of Telangana State in the Africa-Asia AI Policymaker Network and is now progressing further in multiple areas related to AI.
A two-day “AI Crash Course and AI Sourcing Ideathon for Telangana State Policy Makers” was held on 6-7 April 2022 in Hyderabad. FAIR Forward is conducting capacity building, knowledge sharing and peer learning on AI opportunities and challenges for representatives from over 10 user departments from Telangana Government, NITI Aayog and Ministry of Health. Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
Opening remarks were delivered by Ms. Christiane Hieronymus, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi and Mr. Rajeev Ahal, Director of Natural Resources Management and agro-ecology, GIZ India. This was followed by an opening address shared by Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Prl. Secretary, ITE&C Department on behalf of Telangana Government.
Participants of the two-day workshop included senior officials from Hyderabad Police, Department of Agriculture, Directorate of Livestock, GHMC, Municipal Government, Department of Community Development Women and Child Welfare, Department of Panchayath Raj and Rural Development, Road Transport Authority, TSSPDCL, Department of Forestry. , and various members of the ITE&C department.
The general awareness of AI is already very high within the Telangana government due to a plethora of activities undertaken. Thus, the workshop focused more specifically on the challenges and key concerns that need to be addressed to achieve responsible use and development of AI. Various topics such as the importance of representative datasets, managing bias in algorithms, ensuring feedback in AI models, privacy issues related to data sharing and the importance of local context in AI models were discussed and discussed in detail. Specific case studies were also undertaken on law enforcement, agriculture and healthcare to deliberate on various imperatives such as data privacy, user awareness of their data, data security and the removal of any unintended bias in the algorithms.
The second day of the workshop focused on discussing the current AI technology procurement procedures in place in several departments of Telangana. Discussions showcased AI procurement guidelines and processes used by the UK government, the European Union (EU) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) and compared