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Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center

Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center

Context:

NITI Aayog and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the establishment of a Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC).

Cloud Innovation Centers:

  • The Cloud Innovation Centers (CIC) Program provides an opportunity for non-profits, education institutions, and government agencies to collaborate with other public sector organizations.
  • Objective: To test new ideas with Amazon’s innovation process and access the technical expertise of AWS.
  • Eligibility: Any non-profit, education or government organization can apply to work on a challenge with a global network of public sector-led innovation centers.

Significance:

  • Frontier Technologies CIC will be a great enabler to budding innovators and start-ups.
  • It will help in piloting state-of-the-art, cloud-centric digital innovations by leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, etc.
    • The internet of things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people.
    • Blockchains are a new data structure that is secure, cryptography-based, and distributed across a network. The technology supports cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and the transfer of any data or digital asset.
  • It is also aligned to the Prime Minister’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, as well as that of NITI Aayog and Atal Innovation Mission.
  • Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center will enable government stakeholders, start-ups, and local organizations in India to innovate and create new approaches to solving problems.
  • The center will identify and prioritize projects as well as collaborate with local leaders, including subject matter experts at the state and district levels, to solve critical challenges.

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog):

  • The Government constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. 
  • It was formed in 2015 as a premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs.
  • NITI Aayog designs strategic and long term policies and programs for the Government and also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States.
  • Prime Minister of India is the Chairperson of NITI Aayog.
  • Chief Ministers of all the States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories are in the governing council.

Members:

  • Part-time: Maximum of 2 members from foremost universities, leading research organizations, and other innovative organizations in an ex-officio capacity. Part-time members will be on a rotational basis.
  • Ex Officio: Maximum of 4 members of the Council of Ministers which is to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • Chief Executive Officer: CEO will be appointed by the Prime Minister for a fixed tenure. He will be in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.

Source: PIB