Maharashtra Colleges to Start Courses on AI, Robotics and Cyber Security


Training programmes on AI and robotics to enhance the efficiency of placements

The colleges of Maharashtra with the help of state government will start placement-oriented courses in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, product design and among others.

Autonomous colleges have a choice to offer these subjects as electives in their curriculum while others can launch them as value-added courses. Also, after the implementation of these courses in the curriculum, a detailed study will be done to study its impact on campus placement.

Data will be compared after the introduction of course

Before the implementation of courses, the state will conduct a baseline study on campus placements in colleges this year. The study will be based on data regarding average salaries drawn, kind of skill sets required by industries, training programmes and other details. Further, this data will be compared with the placement reports at the colleges after the introduction of the course, to understand the impact.

To combat the companies spend on retraining the fresh graduates, these courses will provide students with a practical scenario. As AI and deep learning will be pervasive in future, these courses will increase the efficiency of placements.

Duration of the course with respect to different backgrounds

The duration of the courses will range from 70 hours to 300 hours for the second and third year of students enrolled in undergraduate programmes.  In addition to this, the state has organised workshops in job-oriented courses for arts, science, commerce, pharmacy and engineering colleges.

For the students from computer science background, the AI course will span over 75 hours to 80 hours. For those from arts and commerce backgrounds, colleges may have to include 75 hours to 80 hours more to train students in basic applied mathematics. The robotics programme will require an investment in a lab where IIT- Bombay will help setting up labs across colleges in the country under a central government initiative. Colleges can also add or delete any topic as per the requirement. It is also expected that cybersecurity and network security will generate hundreds of jobs on campuses

St Xavier’s College plans to offer robotics and geographical information system (GIS), for which they have modified the course content to offer it as electives. The college will also look at courses such as the capital market for commerce (night shift) students.