Experienced professionals interested in AI/ML courses: Report

Women less eager to master these course, says report by IIIT-H and TalentSprint

By Author  |  Business Bureau  |  Published: 28th Dec 2017  9:09 pm
Prof. PJ Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The Indian technology landscape is witnessing a big shift in terms of newer technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning coming in. While the technologies are disrupting the industry, the talent availability is not in tandem with the growth. And one of the biggest concerns among the industry is the need for up-skilling and reskilling of experienced professionals.

A report by International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad in partnership with TalentSprint has shown that there is a significant interest from professionals with over 10 years of experience and 5-10 years of experience are showing interest in AI/ML programmes. This was a result of analyses of applications that IIIT-H received for its foundations of AI and ML programme that the institute had announced in October and which is set to launch on January 6, 2018.

The programme got applications from 127 companies in Hyderabad and almost all levels and departments of the organisation showed similar interest in the course.

However in terms of gender diversity, the report indicated that women are less eager to master these technologies in comparison their male professionals. Thus shows that those women might need more sensitization and incentivisation to pursue AI/ML courses. The percentage of female applicants for the programme was at 12 per cent. “For this we are also providing scholarships for women and students of about Rs 1.25 lakh, which will in turn push women to take up these courses,” said Dr P J Narayanan, director, IIIT-Hyderabad at the launch of the report on Thursday.

Throwing light on the industry and company size of the applicants received, the report showed that large companies constituted 50 per cent of the applications, while small companies and startups put together constituted almost 44 per cent applicants. This shows that disruptive technologies like AI, ML are the sought after courses for not only large companies but also startups. In terms of industry, the services topped the list with 73 per cent applicants from this sector.

The programme will have two concurrent batches with the total strength of 400 working professionals.