Certificate Program in AI Launched
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IIT Kharagpur is launching a Certificate Program on Foundations on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for working professionals and engineering students. The program will commence from March 2019 with centres initially in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kharagpur and possibly Hyderabad. The 6-month program will teach foundation concepts as well as industrial applications of AI with a mix of contact classes and online learning.
The AI wave has been touted as the fourth industrial revolution and there is a growing perception that it will disrupt almost every job. But it will also create many more. There is an increasing need for skilled AI professionals in order to create and augment AI systems. Around 2 lakh jobs are supposed to be created by 2020 in AI in India. “The certificate program by IIT Kharagpur is aimed at strengthening India’s talent pool in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” said Prof. Sudeshna Sarkar, Head, Centre for Artificial Intelligence at IIT Kharagpur.
With the launch of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence earlier this year, IIT Kharagpur has taken up the task of skilling engineers in the new technologies in this upcoming domain. The students will be selected competitively from working professionals and senior students.
The course will comprise 16 one-credit modules and one capstone project. The course modules have been carefully designed to cover mathematical and algorithmic foundations, artificial intelligence fundamentals and several modules on statistical and machine learning methods. The course will also include modules on thematic areas such as natural language processing and computer vision and application use cases. Tools and platforms will be introduced to make the students technologically competent and job ready.
The classes will be taken by faculty experts from IIT Kharagpur and other reputed academic institutions as well as industry experts. The courses will have a blend of fundamental theoretical principles as well as hands-on component and industry use cases. Students will have the opportunity to work on live projects. The course modules will be graded based on assignments and exams. A certificate will be awarded based on successful completion of the modules. [For more information click here]
“A rigorous AI program for professionals is the need of the hour. This program has been designed by IIT Kharagpur faculty in consultation with industry experts,” said Prof. P. P. Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur.
Aneesh Reddy, founder of Capillary technologies welcomed the move as he identified the talent scarcity in AI as one of the biggest challenges in its adoption by Indian tech ecosystem.
The course is the first of several certificate courses being launched by IIT Kharagpur to deliver high-quality AI training.