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    AI Foundational Models Vital for India’s Climate Change Fight: DST Secretary

    Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Abhay Karandikar said “Developing foundational Artificial Intelligence (AI) models tailored to Indian conditions is crucial for combating climate change in the country” during a panel discussion that tracked the inception, implementation, and impacts of DST’s climate change program over the years.

    Karandikar made these remarks at a two-day climate change conclave organized by the Department of Science Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, held on May 27 and 28.

    Several climate experts from institutions such as IITs, IISc, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, and the India Meteorological Department participated in the meeting. Additionally, officials from the DST Centres of Excellence contributed to the discussions.

    The experts addressed climate change modeling challenges, the impact of aerosols, sustainable development in the Himalayas, climate and human health, and extreme weather events in urban areas.

    Collaborative Efforts for Climate Adaptation

    Karandikar, a former Director of IIT Kanpur, emphasized the need for collective efforts involving researchers across disciplines and stakeholders to tackle climate change. “A holistic approach can help address the ongoing challenges of climate change and its effects on agriculture, water, and the environment,” he added.

    “Focusing on developing foundational AI models in the Indian context is essential,” emphasized Karandikar. He released the draft executive summary of the ‘District Level Climate Risk Assessment for India,’ stressing the importance of indigenous climate models based on local data to better understand and tackle climate challenges effectively.

    Experts at the conclave also discussed the development and mentoring of climate change science and adaptation research and development programs across the country. They urged communities to work together, not only to analyze the problems but also to collaborate on finding solutions.

    Urgency for Climate Solutions

    Dr. Anita Gupta, Head of Climate, Energy, and Sustainable Technology (CEST) at DST, underscored the urgency for climate solutions, noting that “about 40 percent of the world’s population is already vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.”

    The conclave highlighted the necessity of strong community engagement to create effective climate adaptation solutions, ensuring sustainability for future generations.

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