The Wadhwani Institute of Technology and Policy (WITP) has been set up by the Wadhwani Foundation in response to our Hon. Prime Minister’s vision of mainstreaming emerging technologies in government operations across India.
New and Emerging Technologies, like artificial intelligence, block chain, 3D printing, and more, can play a transformative role in peoples’ lives. Governments that learn to effectively harness such technologies can have a dramatic impact in improving the delivery of public services, strengthening governance, and making better-informed decisions. Citizens can be empowered to provide real-time feedback on service delivery gaps. However, to maximize the utility of such technologies, policymakers must develop an executive-level understanding of the technology’s potential, and possess the ability to build frameworks critical in executing related initiatives.
WITP: 'First-of-a-Kind' Institution
As various central and state governments have embraced automation and collect a plethora of data but silos persist and the data collected is often not analysed.
Data analytics and artificial intelligence offer tools to get better insights into data to fine tune policies and frame new ones. These tools also provide ways to solve myriad problems relating to economic development, provision of health services, improving learning outcomes, environmental protection, food security, equitable distribution of resources, and more.
WITP aims to adopt a whole of government approach towards enhancing outcomes of existing and proposed policy measures by integrating them with relevant emerging technology applications, keeping in view ethical aspects as well.
WITP’s intended use of emerging technology in policy formulation and impact measurement will be the first of its kind in India.
Who we are?
What we do?
With the guidance and advise from the the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India (GoI) and the Capacity Building Commission we have a dual mission:
- Think tank mission – not just a ‘think- tank’ but an ‘act-tank.’
- Technology academy mission – To provide executive courses to senior policymakers, bureaucrats, and other government officials, in essential technology trends and in the application of relevant technologies to their respective ministries and missions.