Odisha Girl’s AI Project Felicitated By Union IT Minister

Jajpur: An Artificial Intelligence (AI) based project of Suchismita Dikshit from Jajpur district of Odisha has been felicitated by Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, among 20 projects offering solutions to various social and economic problems using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Responsible AI for Youth, a National program for Government Schools.

Suchismita, a Class IX student of Jajati Keshari High School in Jajpur, is the mind behind the project ‘Body Tracker’ that had been shortlisted as one of the winners under the ‘National Program for Government Schools: Responsible Al for Youth’.

The ‘Body Tracker’ is beneficial for school students who are or were undertaking online classes during the Covid-19 pandemic. They were facing posture issues due to a lack of proper exercise.

If they perform an exercise in front of the ‘Body Tracker’ it captures their images and after detecting their body movement informs them about the kind of exercise and its correct steps.

It is worthwhile to mention that, the ‘National Program for Government Schools: Responsible Al for Youth’ was launched in 2020 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and Intel India to empower the youth to become Al ready and help reduce the skill gap. The aim of the Program was to give young students a platform and empower them with appropriate new age tech mind-set, relevant skill-sets, and access to required tool-sets to make them digitally ready for the future.

The program was organized in three phases. In the first phase, the program reached out to students from government schools across 35 states and 5,724 cities and towns. Out of the 52,000+ registered students, 11,466 students completed the AI training.

In phase two, top 100 ideas were shortlisted. These 100 ideas represented by 125 students from 25 states and UTs comprised of 67 girls and 58 boys from state-run government schools, central government KendriyaVidyalayas, government aided schools, and Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The students learned basic AI concepts, domains, introduction to programming languages, data structures and project pitching in batches conducted both in Hindi and English. In addition, students who completed their first level of training were awarded a certificate, a message from the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Minister, Electronics and IT, and were also enabled to continue their AI journey with content and access to the internet.

In phase three, 60 shortlisted ideas were invited for a virtual showcase and evaluation, and top 20 projects represented by 27 students were shortlisted as the winners.

The shortlisted projects are: The AI Waste Classifier, Ayurtech Band, AI Idea in Healthcare to diagnose patients, App of Growth for farmers to identify crops that can be best harvested at a given time, Divyang Roshni a computer vision based Cerebral Palsy detector,Virtual Assistance cum Parental Guidance, Tree Thinning Scanner, ‘Mitti ko jaano, fasal pehchano’ Soil analysis and crop recommendation technology, Artificial Intelligence is a Boon for Healthcare, Helper of visually challenged, Be attentive or Drowsiness detection in students, AthleteX for the Atmanirbhar Athlete, Smart Eye, Body Tracker, App for hearing-impaired, Weed and Crop Detection System, Life Saver and Doctors Helper.

Suchismita Dikshit, Student, Jajpur