The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation proposes to make the training module on artificial intelligence (AI) mandatory for universities. This was stated on July 19 by the Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov during a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the government. At the moment, the introduction of the AI module in the country is advisory in nature, it is not as active as we would like, the minister said. “We propose the introduction of the module as mandatory, especially where there are IT departments,” he said.
Reshetnikov noted that since 2022, more than 100 universities have launched undergraduate and graduate programs to train specialists in the field of artificial intelligence.
According to him, about 3 thousand people study at these programs. It is assumed that next year there will be four times more students studying on them. Also, there are already results in the field of additional professional education. “Last year, almost 2,000 people completed training in popular specialties, from data analyst to project manager in the field of artificial intelligence. So many are learning now. We pay for the student up to 90% of the cost of education,” the minister said. At the same time, he pointed out that the introduction of AI should become one of the conditions for providing state support. So, according to him, next year this approach will be tested in agriculture, transport, industry and healthcare. He called for speeding up work on AI developers’ access to anonymized data, as this is a condition for the further development of the entire industry.
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On the same day, Putin said that Russia needs to constantly strengthen its position in the field of AI. He instructed to include funding for research centers that work with artificial intelligence in the budget for 2024-2026. According to him, it is also necessary to include requirements for the mandatory use of AI by companies when receiving state subsidies. Earlier, on July 17, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko instructed the Ministry of Economic Development to organize an operational headquarters for AI. Technology will help simplify the provision of services for Russians, including in electronic form. Regional leaders are required to complete the work on developing strategies that involve the introduction of AI by September 1.
In mid-June, Chernyshenko told Izvestia that AI was making a significant contribution to the global economy. According to him, by 2025 it is expected that Russia will reach 1 trillion rubles in profit from artificial intelligence. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation also added that in all adult clinics in Moscow, more than 1 million diagnoses were made using AI technologies.