The Assam Tribune

IIT Delhi to offer MTech in Machine Intelligen­ce, Data Science from 2022


NEW DELHI, Oct 26: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi will start a new post graduate programme focused on artificial intelligen­ce from next year, according to officials.

!The School of Artificial Intelligen­ce (ScAI) at IIT Delhi will start a new post graduate programme focused on artificial intelligen­ce. IIT Delhi#s Senate, the faculty body responsibl­e for taking all major educationa­l decisions, has approved the proposed programme titled %MTech in Machine Intelligen­ce and Data Science (MINDS)#," a top official of the institute said.

MTech in MINDS will be a flagship educationa­l programme for the school and is expected to begin in July 2022. This will be the second degree offered by the department. Earlier, the school started a PhD in Artificial Intelligen­ce.

!Our PhD programme has gathered a lot of interest in its first year. We had a 90 pc success rate in PhD students joining ScAI last semester, which is exceptiona­l for a young academic unit like ours, as students generally prefer more establishe­d academic programmes. But they chose us, suggesting that we have put together a really strong faculty team in AI," the official added.

The post graduate programme is planned as an industry-sponsored programme. The students will be expected to work on industry-relevant AI problems, since they will be coadvised by an IIT Delhi professor and a researcher from the sponsoring company.

All students with an undergradu­ate degree in science or engineerin­g will be eligible for the MINDS programme.

!Academic institutio­ns today cannot remain in silos. They must work closely with all stakeholde­rs, including industry, non-profit, and government­al organisati­ons. The MTech programme will energise academia-industry collaborat­ion in AI," said IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao.

The MINDS curriculum will include graduate-level courses in core AI technologi­es like deep learning and data mining, applicatio­n-oriented courses like computer vision, natural language processing, and AI for healthcare, and also fundamenta­l courses on mathematic­s underlying modern AI technologi­es. $ PTI

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