New Delhi: The IBM CEO Arvind Krishna briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the IT giant’s “huge” investment plans in India during his interaction with the Indian PM via video conferencing on Monday. A Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) press release here stated that Krishna expressed confidence in the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. He also talked about using technology for early identification of diseases.
Modi and Krishnan explored the possibilities of creating India specific AI based tools in the healthcare sector and development of better models for disease prediction and analysis. Modi said that the country was moving towards development of an integrated, tech and data driven healthcare system “which is affordable and hassle-free for the people”. He noted that IBM could play an important role in taking forward the healthcare vision. Other areas of discussion included the issues of data security, cyber attacks, concerns around privacy, and health benefits of Yoga.
The Prime Minister congratulated Krishna for becoming the global head of IBM earlier this year and referred to the strong connect of IBM with India and its huge presence in the country, with over one lakh people working across 20 cities in the company. Both discussed the technologies associated and challenges involved in the recent decision of IBM to make 75% of its employees to work from home in view of the prevailing COVID pandemic. Modi said that ‘work from home’ was being adopted in a big way and the government was constantly working towards providing infrastructure, connectivity and regulatory environment to ensure that this technological shift was smooth.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the role played by IBM, in association with CBSE, towards the launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) curriculum in 200 schools in India. He said that the government was working towards introducing students to concepts such as AI, machine learning etc at an early stage, “to further the tech temperament in the country”. Krishnan told the Prime Minister that teaching about technology and data should be in the category of basic skills like algebra, needs to be taught with passion and should be introduced early.
Modi also highlighted that this was a “great time” to invest in India. He said that the country was welcoming and supporting investments taking place in the tech sector. He pointed out that while the world was witnessing slowdown, FDI inflow in India was increasing. He said that the country was moving forward with the vision of a self-sufficient India so that a globally competent and disruption resilient local supply chain could be developed.
– globalbihari bureau