AI could soon choose a pool of IAS, IPS agents for central positions, government ready to create database


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New Delhi: IAS and IPS agents could soon be assigned to central government using artificial intelligence, ThePrint has learned.

According to sources from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Narendra Modi’s government is in the process of creating a database for officers, which would keep data on their background, interests, training history, etc. .

This database will automatically list suitable candidates for different vacancies based on artificial intelligence, a senior DoPT official said on condition of anonymity. Once a group of officers has been suggested, the final choice of a particular officer for the post can be left to human intelligence.

“But in the future, there will be a system in which officers are selected for positions in the fields that interest them so that they have expertise in the field,” said the official. “There will be no random secondment of officers to completely different areas.”

The official added that there will not be a definitive launch for the practice, and instead, as the technology matures, it will begin to be adopted.

ThePrint has contacted the DoPT spokesperson for a text message comment, but there has been no response until the time of this report’s publication.

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iGOT crucial for an AI-based system

Government Integrated Online Training (iGOT), in which targeted and interest-based online training is provided to public servants, would be essential to this AI-based posting system.

“There will be a strong incentive for civil servants to constantly upgrade their skills and take courses, as their assignments will depend on their training history,” the official said.

IGOT, which was originally launched in December 2018, was revived by the Modi government as part of its Karmayogi program or the National Public Service Capacity Building Program (NPCSCB), with the aim of transforming civil servants obsessed with statute and rules. working in silos as “experts”.

Following its relaunch in September 2020, the iGOT program attempts to challenge an oft-repeated criticism of public officials – that they pass an exam in their 20s and then do little to develop their skills. They are also accused of not having changed their framework from “rules” to “roles”.

The government also announced the provision of iGOT-Karmayogi, an online continuing education platform, which would allow all civil servants from the assistant secretary to secretary level to undergo continuing education, depending on their areas of work. skill.

(Edited by Shreyas Sharma)

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