IIT Hyderabad launches India’s first ever B. Tech Course in Artificial Intelligence

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In a first in India, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad launches a full-fledged B. tech programme in Artificial Intelligence. IIT Hyderabad will be globally the third institution in the world to do so after Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carnegie Mellon University.

IIT Hyderabad is already offering an M. Tech course in Artificial Intelligence – Machine Learning.

More About the Programme

IIT Hyderabad will be accepting admissions to the B. Tech (Bachelor of Technology) programme in Artificial Intelligence for the academic year 2019-2020.

The apex institute will be accepting a total of 20 students for the course. The admissions to the programme will be based on the score of the upcoming Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) examination in May 2019.

Understanding the programme in-depth

The Director of the IIT Hyderabad, UB Desai had this to say, “The basic aim is to create a complete ecosystem for Artificial Intelligence Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad. This involves B. Tech, M. Tech and different minor programmes in AI. Moreover, R&D will be strongly entwined with academics.”

The programme will be focusing on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) across various industries like agriculture, healthcare, to name a few. Besides theory and practical implications of AI, the course will be imparting knowledge about the ethical use of AI, on areas like privacy and biases.

Some other important details

While highlighting the importance of the programme, Dr. Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development) said: “the BTech program in AI is a step in the direction of addressing this highly skewed demand-supply scenario”. Through the programme, IIT Hyderabad is looking to fill the current demand gap in the vertical, which now far exceeds the talent supply.

IIT Hyderabad has also given the option for students who will be enrolled in other B. Tech streams like Chemical engineering will now be able to choose artificial intelligence as a minor subject for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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