Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad is about to launch its first full-fledged B.Tech (Bachelors of Technology) programme in artificial intelligence (AI) in India. The B.Tech programme will be enrolled in the administration from the academic year 2019-20, and IIT Hyderabad will be the third globally to offer this B.Tech course after US-based Carnegie Mellon University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A report says that nearly 20 students will be allowed to take this programme through JEE-Advance in the academic year 2019-20. The institute has taken a step forward to provide artificial intelligence programme on their premises so that they can produce students with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of theory and practice of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
UB Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “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.”
Besides teaching the fundamentals of theory and practice of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the course is also said to focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among others. Several other key components of this B.Tech programme will be the impact of AI on areas such as privacy, bias, and related issues.
Dr. Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development), IIT Hyderabad, highlighting the features of this course said that demand for professionals trained in this area far exceeds the current supply.
“AI solutions are particularly promising for India (given the availability of a large corpus of data) where it can have a major positive impact on several critical domains such as healthcare, crop and soil management, weather prediction, surveillance and security, and defense. Long term and robust solutions to problems in these domains require a systematic and disciplined approach that is rooted in the fundamentals of AI,” said Dr. Sumohana Channappayya.
Reports say that students who are planning to hold B. Tech degrees in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering can now go ahead and do a minor in AI from the 2019-20 academic year.