Five kids from Northeast India – Arya Pangging, Isha Biswas, Priyam Pagbandha, Tejas Shukla and Puhabi Chakraborty – are among the Top 20 winners as part of the celebrations marking Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav week presenting Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions, created under ‘Responsible AI For Youth’.

Responsible AI For Youth is a national programme for government schools and winners were announced in the first week of December.

Arya Pangging of KV (NERIST), Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh, built ‘Artificial Intelligence in vehicles to prevent accidents’ that help assess and curb road fatalities. Isha Biswas of KV No.1, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh, developed a web application to help identify crops and harvest for efficient yield.

‘Be Attentive or Drowsiness Detection in Students’ by Priyam Pagbandha from Bamunpukhuri High School, Jorhat, Assam, is aimed to keep students attentive during classes.

Tripura’s Puhabi Chakraborty’s ‘AthleteX for the Atmanirbhar Athlete’ helps the AI-based app in personalising physical training guides, injury prevention measures, etc.

Tejas Shukla from KV, Silchar, Assam, developed the ‘App for hearing-impaired’ that helps to address communication barriers, detect sign language, and convert it into text and vice-versa.

The 27 students from government schools, across the country representing these projects, were felicitated by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Railways and Communications.

These students – 13 girls and 14 boys – from 14 states and 1 UT have been part of the programme designed by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, and tech giant Intel.

Building Digital Readiness, Inclusively

Exclusively aimed at providing children in government schools an opportunity to create a digital-first mindset, skillset and toolset, Responsible AI For Youth was launched in May 2020. This programme is part of Intel’s efforts to help build digital readiness by demystifying and democratising AI in collaboration with policymakers and academia, the world over.’

In India, Intel has been working with various government agencies and ministries such as CBSE, Ministry of Education, and MEITy to help spread the reach of AI to drive digital readiness through various initiatives like ‘AI For Youth’ and ‘AI For All’. Intel aims to work with 30,000 institutions the world over to empower 30 million youth with AI to support United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme’s progress

Responsible AI For Youth was carried out in three phases. In phase I, the programme reached out to 52, 628 students from 35 states and UTs from 5, 724 cities. Of this, 11, 466 students completed the first level of AI training. 

In phase II, 100 project ideas were selected. Represented by 125 students from 25 states and UTs, the students were provided extensive training and mentorship by Intel coaches. In the final phase, the top 60 projects were selected for a national showcase which was then again shortlisted to get the top 20 project winners. 

The AI-based projects offered interesting solutions to problems in various sectors, ranging from agriculture to health, and from traffic to education.

The winning projects included:

The AI Waste Classifier, Ayurtech Band, AI Idea in Healthcare to diagnose patients, App of Growth for farmers to identify crops that can be best harvested at a given time, Divyang Roshni, a computer vision-based cerebral palsy detector, virtual assistance-cum-parental guidance, tree thinning scanner, ‘Mitti ko jaano, fasal pehchano’ soil analysis and crop recommendation technology, Artificial Intelligence is a Boon for Healthcare, Helper of visually challenged, Be attentive or Drowsiness detection in students, AthleteX for the Atmanirbhar Athlete, Smart Eye, Body Tracker, App for hearing-impaired, Weed and Crop Detection System, Life Saver and Doctors Helper.   

The programme’s beneficiaries who belonged to different parts of the country, as well as different strata, also proved with their projects that with the right kind of training, opportunities and platform, the youth of our country could bring in impactful change with their innovations.

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