Raipur: Two agriculture based projects of Chhattisgarh have been selected in the top 60 projects of the country in the second phase of "Responsible AI for Youth" programme organized by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
These projects include one to identify to detect diseases of crops and the other one to identify the weeds grown in the seeds of crops by students of Government Kuldeep Nigam Higher Secondary School, Narra in Mahasamund district. The lecturer of this school, Subodh Kumar Tiwari virtually taught students Artificial Intelligence techniques during the time of lockdown.
Student Parmeshwari Yadav, daughter of farmer, has developed software with using artificial intelligence technology to detect the diseases of paddy crops at the right time and suggest remedial medicines for further treatment. This will help farmers know about the diseases in early days so that the crops could be saved. Similarly, two students including Vaibhav Devangan and Dheeraj Yadav have developed software to identify weeds growing between crops using artificial intelligence technology.
This programme aims to empower youth to become ‘AI-ready’ and help reduce the AI skill gap in India besides finding solutions to the problems of the society using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
A total of 52, 628 students from across the country registered for this competition. In the first phase, 11, 466 students and 2,536 teachers took training from 35 states of the country. The list of top 60 students was released on the eve of Children's Day in which two projects of Government School Narra in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh state were selected.
In the third phase of competition, the selected students will be given training and their ideas will be molded into the working prototype. They will then be interviewed online by an expert in Artificial Intelligence and the top 30 of them will be declared as finalists after the completion of third stage. The winners will be invited to showcase their projects at a special event to be held in New Delhi.