Hyderabad: Even as the demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning experts grow in the country, the numbers of professionals having these skill sets are diminishing. In order to provide support to the professionals, IIIT-Hyderabad ML Laboratory announced Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in association with TalentSprint.
The four-month programme will include classroom sessions on weekends, practical experiments with mentors and also some day-long workshops in between. The institute plans to take in at least 1,000 students in the first year and will try and scale it up going ahead. The hands-on teaching approach will enable engineers in industry to build deep ML programming capabilities in their companies.
While IIIT-Hyderabad will provide the course structure, TalentSprint on the other hand will provide the administrative capabilities required for the course. The course fee could vary between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per semester.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. PJ Narayanan, director, IIIT-Hyderabad, said, “We are pleased to launch this high impact programme that will enable software engineers to build well-designed AI and ML solutions. We are taking a holistic view. Beyond our excellence in technology and research, we are also conducting studies on the societal impact of AI. We are building awareness and appreciation of these new-age technologies among management and top leaders as well.”
Dr Santanu Paul, co-founder and CEO, TalentSprint said, “It has been repeatedly said in the last year that AI/ML is the next industrial revolution. From self-driving cars to chat-bots to robo-advisors, the new age of computing is already upon us. We believe that this program is the bridge that will help today’s technology professionals successfully cross over to the new era of automation and intelligent systems.”
The programme will be directed by Dr CS Jawahar, an expert in the field of AI and ML. He will be supported through the programme by a team of academicians and industry leaders.