By Express press service

CHENNAI: The state government will set up an i-Tamil Nadu Technology (iTNT) hub for emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and blockchain. The hub is to be set up at a cost of Rs 54.6 crores. This will help the state make informed decisions, experts say.

Speaking to TNIE, IT Department Principal Secretary Neeraj Mittal said they are currently looking at about 10 technologies for the project, including food tech, health tech, interface engineering, and more.

“It can be taken up in phases and we will also have a lot of private sector participation. Many private actors have already expressed interest in and contributed to the project, as well as government funds,” Mittal said.

On Friday, the finance minister said the center will coordinate efforts to use these technologies to solve “complex challenges of the state”. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) will help in data analysis, said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

“Data analysis can help make informed decisions in areas such as agriculture, health and education,” he said. Blockchain technology can help with data authenticity and integrity, he said. “For example, universities are using blockchain for degrees. This ensures that it cannot be tampered with and that there are no fake certificates, he added. Blockchain-based education credentials were one of the Centre’s first blockchain projects.