Indian Government Earmarks ₹5,000 Cr For AI Chip Accessibility: Report

The Indian government has allocated ₹5,000 crore to facilitate access to artificial intelligence (AI) chips for startups and researchers, said a top government official. This funding comes from the total India AI Mission corpus of ₹10,000 crore.

What Happened: The announcement was made by Abhishek Singh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), at the Global IndiaAI Summit in Delhi, according to a Moneycontrol report.

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Under this initiative, the government will not directly purchase chipsets. Instead, it will subsidise a part of the compute cost. The procurement model has been designed to allow users to choose the AI chips they need.

The India AI programme will not only depend on Nvidia’s chips but will also consider other companies like Intel and AMD.

In addition to this, Singh also mentioned that the government will soon issue a request for proposal (RFP) for the AI chip scheme. The upcoming request for proposal will outline the government’s initial GPU capacity requirements and the timeline for deployment.

It will also clarify whether data centres or cloud service providers in other countries can participate in the bidding process.

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