The Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur is launching a new BTech program in artificial intelligence and data science from the academic session 2020-21. The new undergraduate program will have courses in computer science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematics, data science, and their applications in various domains. The BTech program will provide students with an opportunity to choose a minor area that would prepare them for an industry-ready career in the field of data science and artificial intelligence. According to the institute, the students, once opted for the course, will be able to take a specialization in various areas including visual computing, robotics, language technologies, socio-digital realities, and artificial intelligence, and others. In IIT-Jodhpur’s official release, it has been mentioned that the enrolling students will also have the option to take up MBA (tech) in their fifth year as a dual-degree option in the School of Management and Entrepreneurship along with the course.”With the vision of creating AI for everything, students belonging to the academic programs in artificial intelligence, data, and computational sciences will be part of scientific innovations for addressing local and global engineering and social problems in close collaboration with industry,” said Prof Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT-Jodhpur. He further stated that this course has been designed to enable students to be part of the institute’s initiatives for creating a better livelihood for all with artificial intelligence. Prof Chaudhury said, “IIT-Jodhpur would like AI and data science students to explore transdisciplinary research agenda fostering collaborative opportunities across all the departments of IIT Jodhpur and partner organizations.” IIT-Jodhpur has already established a virtual reality and augmented reality lab by Samsung, along with an AI Supercomputer (A-100) from NVIDIA besides DGX-2. The institute claims to establish a technology innovation hub for the domains of computer vision, virtual reality, and augmented reality in association with the Department of Science and Technology to the tune of ₹115 crores.
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