Nilekani said this during a fireside chat with Ajay Sawhney, secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Debjani Ghosh, president of IT industry body Nasscom.
“The work that MeitY is doing on the national language translation mission is a disruptive opportunity,” Nilekani said.
“India is unique in the fact that it has such a large number of languages, all co-mingling, and most Indians speak two to three languages and so on. Creating the world’s best language capability, whether its speech, text to speech, whether its language to language, I think India is well placed to show the world how to do it,” he added.
Sawhney, speaking on the National AI Mission – on which MeitY is working jointly with the NITI Aayog – said that the core research would give “not just length but a tremendous amount of depth in coverage in terms of technology,” across various areas/sectors of application.
Sawhney also spoke about the creation of a national public digital platform for healthcare, which knits together all healthcare providers on one platform.