Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has introduced a new B. Tech. course in Artificial Intelligence which will be made available to the students who will begin their academic year in 2019(2019-2020). It is a first such full-fledged B. Tech programme which is being offered by an Indian university. Internationally as well, only a few select institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) currently offer IIT similar courses, and this was claimed by IIT Hyderabad itself during a press release.
A report from NDTV said that the B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence course will only take 20 students each year, and these students will be selected through the JEE Advanced entrance examination which the students take across the country every year to get admitted into the graduate courses at the IITs.
Prof U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, regarding the new course, said- “The basic aim with this course has been to create a complete ecosystem for Artificial Intelligence Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad and this will involve B.Tech., M.Tech. and various other Minor Programs in AI. In addition to this, the R&D will be strongly entwined with academics.”
This B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence course offered by IIT will include the study of algorithms, signal processing, robotics, and mathematical foundations. It will also be focusing on the application verticals which include healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, and more. IIT Hyderabad noted that the ethical impact of AI and other related technologies on areas such as privacy, bias, and related issues will also be focused and taught to the students.
The institute, with the help of this course, hopes to bring out more understanding of the subject among students and it will also allow the students to become leaders in this field as well as help meet the growing demands of artificial intelligence and machine learning experts in the industry.
Dr. Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development) said- “AI solutions have been particularly promising for India (given the availability of a large corpus of data) since it can have a major positive impact on various critical domains such as healthcare, crop and soil management, weather prediction, surveillance and security, and defense. But the demand for professionals who are trained in this area is way too high for the current supply. The BTech program in AI will prove to be a step in the direction of addressing such highly skewed demand-supply scenario.“
IIT Hyderabad offers an M.Tech. course in Machine Learning.