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GS 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology

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  • The Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has announced the launch of a full-fledged bachelor’s programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology from the new academic session, which is a first for the country and only the third globally.

Highlights:

  • The Institute was already offering a Masters in Technology programme in AI-Machine Learning (ML). Besides IIT- Hyderabad, only Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the US, offer full-fledged B.Tech programmes in AI.
  • The new course will have 20 seats and the eligibility will include clearing the JEE-Advanced test.
  • The 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 defence.
  • However, the demand for professionals trained in this area exceeds the current supply.
  • Hence, the B.Tech programme in AI is a step in the direction of addressing this highly skewed demand-supply scenario.
  • The course will focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among many others.
  • The students pursuing other degrees such as B.Tech in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering will be able to do a minor in AI as well from the coming academic year.
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