India to roll out Rs 10,000 crore plan to procure AI GPUs in 2-3 months: Ashwini Vaishnaw

New Delhi, July 04, 2024.

The Centre will roll out the Rs 10,000 crore India AI Mission in the next two to three months under which it will help procure computing power for the domestic industry run artificial intelligence (AI) systems, Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said Wednesday.

“We will procure 10,000 or more graphics processing units (GPUs) under a public-private partnership so that the efficiencies of the industry can be harnessed for a bigger cause. We will also have an AI innovation centre, high quality data sets which can add more value to the efforts of startups, and an application development initiative where apps relevant to our socio-economic problems can be developed. We will have a huge focus on skill development,” Vaishnaw said at the inaugural session of the Global IndiaAI Summit 2024.

The IndiaAI Mission was approved by the previous Union Cabinet earlier this year, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. While still a blueprint, the approval could spur investments in this sector — with private companies setting up data centres in the country, and allowing startups access so they can test and build their generative AI models.