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India: MoC Signed to Enhance Collaboration in Education and Research in Acupuncture

The MoC was signed on Saturday by Vice-President of Guizhou Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association Yang Xiaofang

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The MoC was signed on the sidelines of the international advanced workshop-cum-training of acupuncture in Ludhiana. Pixabay

The Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Dr D.N. Kotnis Health and Education Centre, Punjab, have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to enhance collaboration in education and research in acupuncture as well as other academic and cultural areas.

The MoC was signed on Saturday by Vice-President of Guizhou Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association Yang Xiaofang and Medical Superintendent of the Dr D.N. Kotnis Health and Education Centre Inderjeet Singh Dhingra, reported Xinhua news agency.

It would pave the way for setting up of an acupuncture institution in Ludhiana where degree courses would be offered, Dhingra told Xinhua on Sunday.

The MoC was signed on the sidelines of the international advanced workshop-cum-training of acupuncture in Ludhiana. The first of its kind workshop is being organised with the help of Chinese experts in collaboration with the “World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies, Education (WFAS, Edu)”, said WFAS Edu’s Overseas Manager Zhou Xiaoxue.

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The Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Dr D.N. Kotnis Health and Education Centre, Punjab, have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to enhance collaboration in education and research in acupuncture. PIxabay

The 10-day training workshop will cover neurological disorders, paralysis, facial paralysis, chronic pain syndromes, cosmetic problems, alopecia, nerve weakness, stress management and many new techniques, like ‘catgut embedding therapy’.

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The Chinese doctors are also providing free consultations during the session. (IANS)

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India can Lead in Setting Standards for Ethical use of AI: Microsoft Executive

Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

With the government focusing on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as people are increasingly adopting digital technologies, India can lead in setting standards for ethical use of AI, a top Microsoft executive said on Friday.

“The real application of AI needs to be to empower human ingenuity and to accelerate innovation for all kinds of work and thinking,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, told IANS.

In an earlier interview with IANS on the eve of 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is trying to leverage technology like AI and ML to improve school education.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech in July announced that the government will lay focus on new-age skills like AI, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Robotics.

“About 91 per cent of organisations today plan to leverage AI within the next three years to drive their businesses and the biggest issue they point out for not using it right now is lack of skills,” Maheshwari said.

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Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

“India is among the top three geographies globally in terms of the supply of skills for AI and that bodes very well for India to lead and contribute significantly in the world of AI,” Maheshwari added.

“We can very much create use cases and the standards for ethical use of AI. I am quite optimistic on the role India will play in the emergence of AI and the principles of AI,” he noted.

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Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven.

“The initiative we are launching today between ISB and Microsoft really addresses not only the issue of creating right awareness around the skill set needed to drive the AI strategies, but also provide the tool sets to create the AI strategies, to create the discussion around what culture is needed inside an organisation to drive AI and also have the awareness of the ethics and principles around it,” Maheshwari emphasised. (IANS)