IIT KGP to launch 6-month Artificial Intelligence course
    Kolkata, Jan 10 (PTI) The Indian Institute of
Technology, Kharagpur will launch a six-month Artificial
Intelligence (AI) course at three centres in the country, a
top official of the institute said Thursday.
    IIT-KGP, Director, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti told a
press meet here that the certified programme is aimed at
strengthening India's talent pool in Machine Learning and
    Chakrabarti said the courses, which will begin from
March this year will be offered at IIT KGP's Kolkata facility,
at IIT KGP's Kharagpur campus and at a rented premise at
    He said thousands of new jobs were being created in AI
sector every year with AI growing at 10-15 per cent on annual
rate and there was need to have more skilled people in the AI
    "AI is the future which will more invade our lives in
the coming days," Chakrabarti said.
    Head, Centre for Artificial Intelligence, IIT KGP,
Prof Sudeshna Sarkar said, the course with 300 students will
consist of 16 modules - each having 12-hour duration.
    Around 2 lakh jobs in AI are expected to be created by
2020 in India, Sarkar said.
    She said the classes will be taken by IIT KGP faculty,
reputed academic institutions and industry experts.
    There will be 60 per cent from the IIT KGP faculty and
academics and 40 per cent from industry who will be teaching
the students in the 16 modules, Sarkar explained.
    She said the demand is getting higher in AI in the
country than the total number of AI-skilled professionals and
there was need to bridge that gap.
    The course modules have been carefully designed to
cover mathematical and algorithmic foundations, AI
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 students will be selected competitively from
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 AI course, application for which commenced on
January 2 for screening and shortlisting, will start from
March 10, this year. PTI SUS