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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad is launching a full-fledged Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the coming Academic Year (2019-2020).

With this, IIT Hyderabad has become the first Indian Educational Institution to offer such a full-fledged B.Tech. programme in AI and likely the third institute globally – after Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the U.S.

The AI course will have an intake of around 20 students who can take the program through the JEE Advanced, the entrance exam used for admission to graduate courses in IITs.

The Institute, which is already offering an M.Tech. program in AI & Machine Learning, also said the mission of the Department of Artificial Intelligence, IIT Hyderabad, is to produce students with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of theory and practice of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The programme also aims to enable students to become leaders in the industry and academia nationally and internationally and meet the pressing demands of the nation in the areas of AI and Machine Learning.

“The basic aim is to create a complete ecosystem for Artificial Intelligence Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad. This involves B.Tech., M.Tech. and different Minor Programs in AI. Moreover, the R&D will be strongly entwined with academics,” Prof U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said while speaking about the importance of this course.

Additionally, students in the institute pursuing other degrees such as B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering can now do a minor in AI as well from the coming Academic Year. This will make IIT Hyderabad students, in all disciplines, well equipped to meet the challenges in AI that are lying ahead.

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To recall, in October 2017 when Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad had launched a professional course on AI called. ‘Foundations for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning’. Since January 2018, the institute offers 4-month programme on foundations of AI and ML in partnership with TalentSprint will to address rising demand.

In July last year, tech giant Google had too brought the its Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC) Study Jam series program to India. Google and NITI Aayog, the plicy maker of Indian governmentm, had together signed an agreement, in May 2018, to jointly work towards building the AI ecosystem in India.

Recently, India’s national level board of education, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has decided to include AI as an elective subject in Schools and decided to include AI as a subject in classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject.

Via ~ SkillOutLook


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