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S&T: NITI Aayog’s Compendium on Best Practices in Social Sector 2023

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Source: Niti Aayog

Every day, in this section we are bringing best practices from each category. Today’s best practices will cover the ‘Science and technology’


InitiativeNodal AgencyObjective
National AI Portal (INDIAai)National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), in partnership with NASSCOMTo create a unified AI ecosystem in India and promote knowledge creation, fostering economic growth and social empowerment through a one-stop digital platform for AI-related developments in the country.
Santhe Kaushalkar – Self-Help Group and Artisan Profiling PlatformUNDP Karnataka and Department of Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Statistics, Government of KarnatakaTo create a rural self-help group (SHG) and artisan profiling platform (with digital Identity) that provides profiles of rural SHGs/artisans engaged in the manufacturing of various products and artefacts, and facilitates their connection with potential buyers and customers.
Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX)Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of DefenceTo foster innovation and technology development in the defence and aerospace sector by engaging industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D Institutes, and academia, and promote self-reliance. The MoD also procures the newly innovated products as per the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP-2020) from iDEX winners.