In a bid to promote learning and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a National Artificial Intelligence Resource Portal (NAIRP) platform, an official said.

“There is already a great demand for professionals skilled in AI as well as resources, and this need will only increase in our society. The development of this platform will help boost the AI community in India,” Sudeshna Sarkar, Head of Centre for Artificial Intelligence at IIT Kharagpur, said.

NAIRP was introduced as part of India’s National Digital Library (NDLI) platform with original financing from the Ministry of Human Resources Development. By indexing a broad range of AI-specific assets such as teaching equipment, classes, workbooks, datasets, databases, instruments, and platforms, it creates on and extends NDLI to AI. The upcoming portal will provide search, browse, learning and computation services.

Hands-on AI training will be facilitated to all AI learners, practitioners, and researchers in India through workbooks and the cloud. The system will start off using AWS Cloud, and will also be connected in the future with the in-house cloud developed at IIT Kharagpur.

“With more than 200 significant machine learning capabilities launched in the last two years, AWS has the broadest and deepest set of machine learning and AI services focused on solving some of the toughest challenges facing developers. We welcome the opportunity to work with IIT Kharagpur on some of those challenges,” Bratin Saha, Vice President AWS Machine Learning & Engines, said.