The course will commence on March 15 with centres initially at Kharagpur, Bangalore, Kolkata and, possibly, Hyderabad. The six-month programme will cover foundational concepts as well as industrial application of AI with a mix of classroom teaching 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 sector. 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 expected to be created by 2020 in the AI field in India,” said IIT-Kharagpur director, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.
“The certificate programme by IIT-Kgp is aimed at strengthening India’s talent pool in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” added Sudeshna Sarkar, head of department at Centre for Artificial Intelligence, IIT-Kharagpur.
With the launch of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence earlier this year, IITKharagpur has taken up the task of training engineers in the new technologies in this domain. The trainees will be selected from working professionals and senior students. In the first batch, 300-400 aspirants will be allowed to enrol for the course.
The classes will be taken by faculty experts from IITKgp and other reputable institutions as well as industry experts. Students will have the opportunity to work on live projects. A certificate will be awarded based on successful completion of the modules.
“A rigorous AI program for professionals is the need of the hour. This program has been designed by IITKharagpur faculty in consultation with industry experts,” said Chakrabarti.
Aneesh Reddy, founder of Capillary technologies which has seed-funded the course 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.