AI for Social Impact

We are an independent nonprofit institute developing AI-based solutions for underserved communities in developing countries.

The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence takes on intractable problems where technologies such as AI can potentially be transformative. We balance scientific rigour with empathy to keep the communities we are trying to help at the core of our work.

We are currently building AI-based solutions in the agriculture and health domains, such as pest management for cotton farms, maternal, newborn and child health and tuberculosis.

Wadhwani AI: Annual Report 2022


For Wadhwani AI, 2022 has been a year of transformation. We met several goals: to actively and meaningfully engage with our ecosystem, including governments at the central and state levels; to define problems holistically and with clarity; and to establish scalable, core competencies in solving problems rapidly using AI. We see these as mandatory building blocks for our mission of deploying our AI solutions at scale, as we aspire to positively impact 10 crore people in India with our solutions.

2023 will be an exciting year for us, and our focus will extend to spearheading the implementation of novel technologies in the realm of large language models and generative AI. 

Latest from Wadhwani AI

Learnings from deploying CottonAce in India

CottonAce, Wadhwani AI’s early pest warning and advisory system, was developed to aid in the larger effort to improve the lives of cotton farmers in India. Between June to December 2021, the AI-powered solution was used by over 6,000 farmers across 60 districts and 10 states in the country.

Our latest report assesses the impact it has had on the ground, and outlines some of the challenges present in implementing an AI-powered pest management intervention in one of the most complex agricultural systems in the world. 


We are one of the only institutes of our kind in the world, and our team consists of researchers, scientists, domain experts, technologists and entrepreneurs from some of the leading international institutions.

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Radical Collaboration

We partner with governments, social sector organisations, domain experts and academic institutions to ensure our innovations are accessible to those who need them the most. Our work is funded by technology entrepreneurs and philanthropists Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani,, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,, USAID, and Fondation Botnar. We work closely with a range of global and Indian organisations to effectively deploy our solutions.

Strategic Programs

We have been supporting various ministries and policy think tanks at the Indian state and Central government level – including NITI Aayog, Ministry of Health & Welfare, state governments of Telangana, Maharashtra and more – to identify use cases, collect data, conduct pilots and deploy solutions through our Strategic Programs initiative.

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ML Engineer


An ML Engineer at Wadhwani AI will be responsible for building robust machine learning solutions to problems of societal importance; usually under the guidance of senior ML scientists, and in collaboration with dedicated software engineers. To our partners, a Wadhwani AI solution is generally a decision making tool that requires some piece of data to engage. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the information provided using that piece of data is sound. This not only requires robust learned models, but pipelines over which those models can be built, tweaked, tested, and monitored. The following subsections provide details from the perspective of solution design:

Early stage of proof of concept (PoC)

  • Setup and structure code bases that support an interactive ML experimentation process, as well as quick initial deployments
  • Develop and maintain toolsets and processes for ensuring the reproducibility of results
  • Code reviews with other technical team members at various stages of the PoC
  • Develop, extend, adopt a reliable, colab-like environment for ML

Late PoC

This is early to mid-stage of AI product development

  • Develop ETL pipelines. These can also be shared and/or owned by data engineers
  • Setup and maintain feature stores, databases, and data catalogs. Ensuring data veracity and lineage of on-demand pulls
  • Develop and support model health metrics

Post PoC

Responsibilities during production deployment

  • Develop and support A/B testing. Setup continuous integration and development (CI/CD) processes and pipelines for models
  • Develop and support continuous model monitoring
  • Define and publish service-level agreements (SLAs) for model serving. Such agreements include model latency, throughput, and reliability
  • L1/L2/L3 support for model debugging
  • Develop and support model serving environments
  • Model compression and distillation

We realize this list is broad and extensive. While the ideal candidate has some exposure to each of these topics, we also envision great candidates being experts at some subset. If either of those cases happens to be you, please apply.


Master’s degree or above in a STEM field. Several years of experience getting their hands dirty applying their craft.


  • Expert level Python programmer
  • Hands-on experience with Python libraries
    • Popular neural network libraries
    • Popular data science libraries (Pandas, numpy)
  • Knowledge of systems-level programming. Under the hood knowledge of C or C++
  • Experience and knowledge of various tools that fit into the model building pipeline. There are several – you should be able to speak to the pluses and minuses of a variety of tools given some challenge within the ML development pipeline
  • Database concepts; SQL
  • Experience with cloud platforms is a plus

ML Scientist


As an ML Scientist at Wadhwani AI, you will be responsible for building robust machine learning solutions to problems of societal importance, usually under the guidance of senior ML scientists. You will participate in translating a problem in the social sector to a well-defined AI problem, in the development and execution of algorithms and solutions to the problem, in the successful and scaled deployment of the AI solution, and in defining appropriate metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of the deployed solution.

In order to apply machine learning for social good, you will need to understand user challenges and their context, curate and transform data, train and validate models, run simulations, and broadly derive insights from data. In doing so, you will work in cross-functional teams spanning ML modeling, engineering, product, and domain experts. You will also interface with social sector organizations as appropriate.  


Associate ML scientists will have a strong academic background in a quantitative field (see below) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level, with project experience in applied machine learning. They will possess demonstrable skills in coding, data mining and analysis, and building and implementing ML or statistical models. Where needed, they will have to learn and adapt to the requirements imposed by real-life, scaled deployments. 

Candidates should have excellent communication skills and a willingness to adapt to the challenges of doing applied work for social good. 


  • B.Tech./B.E./B.S./M.Tech./M.E./M.S./M.Sc. or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or a relevant quantitative field. Work experience beyond the terminal degree will determine the appropriate seniority level.
  • Solid software engineering skills across one or multiple languages including Python, C++, Java.
  • Interest in applying software engineering practices to ML projects.
  • Track record of project work in applied machine learning. Experience in applying AI models to concrete real-world problems is a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.