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The Indian Institute of Technology to launch a six-month Artificial Intelligence Course at three centers in the country. IIT Kharagpur, director, Partha Pratim Chakraborty informed that these courses are built to strengthen the students to fight their way to Machine Learning and AI industry.

Looking at the rising of the AI sector at 10-15% on an annual rate, and the new jobs being created into the same, there is a need of skilled people to fill the vacancies.

“AI is the future which will more invade our lives in the coming days,” Chakrabarti said. The Head, Centre for Artificial Intelligence, IIT Kharagpur Sudeshna Sarkar has informed about the 16 modules, each of 12-hour duration, to the 300 students will be established this year.

The three campuses where these modules will be conducted from March this year, are IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kharagpur Kolkata Facility, and their premises at Bengaluru.

Sarkar also mentioned that around 2 lakh jobs in AI are expected by the year 2020. She also said that the classes will be conducted by IIT Kharagpur faculty, academic institutions and industry experts.

There will be 60 per cent from the IIT faculty and academics and 40 per cent from industry who will be teaching the students in the 16 modules, Sarkar explained.

She stressed that the demand for skilled AI professionals are getting higher in the country, and there is a lack of skilled manpower which lead us to build this course in the meantime. The course modules have been carefully designed to cover mathematical and algorithmic foundations, AI fundamentals and statistical and machine learning methods.

“The courses will have a blend on fundamental theoretical principles as well as hands-on component and industry use cases and students will have the opportunity to work on live projects. Every course module will be based on assignments and exams and a certificate will be awarded based on successful completion of the modules. It will be rigorous,” she said.

The Selection for the skilled professional or students will be done by working professionals and senior students. Tools and platforms will be introduced to make the students, from working professionals and senior students, technologically competent and ready for jobs.

The course is scheduled to be commenced from March 10, this year.

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