Social media giant Meta today said it has signed a MoU with the ‘India AI’, an independent business unit (IBD) under Digital India Corporation (DIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, to foster collaboration in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The company said the collaboration would establish a framework of cooperation between ‘India AI’ and Meta in the field of Artificial Intelligence & Emerging Technologies, including making Meta’s open-source AI models available for use by the Indian AI ecosystem.
"Meta’s open approach to AI innovation is complementary to India’s leadership on digital issues. Giving businesses, startups and researchers access to these technologies can open up a world of social and economic opportunities. With close collaboration between government and industry, we can strengthen India’s digital leadership and help to ensure AI tools are built for India’s unique needs, said Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs, Meta.
"India is at the forefront of adopting digital technologies, and it is evident that AI and Emerging Technologies will play a pivotal role in expanding the advantages of technology to a broader population. Through this collaboration with Meta, the joint research and development endeavours will tackle large-scale challenges by leveraging cutting-edge AI technologies like Llama and other open-source solutions, said Abhishek Singh, CEO of ‘India AI’.
As part of the partnership, Meta and INDIAai can establish a Centre of Excellence to nurture the startup ecosystem of AI & other Emerging Technologies.
Leveraging Meta’s AI research models like LlaMA, Massively Multilingual Speech, and No Language Left Behind, the company said the collaboration will focus on building datasets in Indian Languages to enable translation and large language models, with priority given to low-resource languages.
Furthermore, ‘India AI’ and Meta would work together to enhance accessibility to AI compute resources for researchers, startups, and organizations with limited resources.