Karnataka University Opens BE in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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  • The eligibility for admission to this course remains the same as other BE and B.Tech programmes.
  • AI is expected to more than double the rate of innovation and employee productivity in India by 2021
  • India ranks third in the world in terms of high-quality research publications in artificial intelligence (AI)

Though started off very late, India is slowly trying to encourage the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in educational institutions to address skills gap in the country.

Thanks to Visvesvaraya Technological University, now aspiring engineering students in Karnataka will have an option to choose Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the Bachelor of Engineering course.

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The university has instituted a new undergraduate programme “BE in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)” with effect from the academic year (2019-20). The eligibility for admission to this course remains the same as other BE and B.Tech programmes in VTU.

AI Adoption and Potential in India

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to more than double the rate of innovation and employee productivity in India by 2021, according to a recent Microsoft-IDC study.

India stands at rank 9 in terms of the number of specialists working in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field, Canadian startup Element AI revealed in its annual report.

India also has a high percentage of AI experts who came back to the domestic companies after studying overseas.  While India has 25 percent of AI talents returning to the country, Singapore leads the race with 40 percent followed by China and South Korea both at 30 percent.

The country ranks third in the world in terms of high-quality research publications in artificial intelligence (AI), trailing behind China and the United States, according to an analysis by research agency Itihaasa.

Initiatives taken by the country in AI field

Last year, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to include AI as an elective subject in class 8,9 and 10.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad launched a full-fledged B.Tech programme in AI January this year.

Earlier this month, IIIT- Hyderabad (International Institute of Information Technology) launched its most famous executive programme on AI and ML along with Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies across India.

In February 2018, India’s IT ministry constituted four committees to thoroughly study on various aspects of AI for citizen use.

Microsoft’s AI digital labs  

Tech giant Microsoft recently announced the launch of AI digital labs in the country in collaboration with 10 higher educational institutions.

As part of the three-year programme, Microsoft will support the select institutions with infrastructure, curriculum and content, access to cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) services as well as developer support.

The institutes covered under this programme include BITS Pilani, BML Munjal University, ISB, Kalpataru Institute of Technology, KL University, Periyar University, Karunya University, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, SVKM (NMIMS) and Trident Academy of Technology.

 

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