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21/09/2018 11:16am

IIIT-H partners with NASSCOM (CoE-DSAI) to support executive program on AI & Machine Learning

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New Delhi, Sept 21 (KNN) The Artificial Intelligence (AI)research cluster and TalentSprint, IIIT-Hyderabad Machine Learning Lab, has entered into an agreement with NASSCOM’s Centre of Excellence for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (CoE-DSAI). 

The centre will be based in Bengaluru as an ecosystem knowledge partner for supporting IIIT-H Executive program on AI/ML.

The Advanced Certification Program by IIIT-Hyderabad and TalentSprint has an objective to build AI/ML expertise in 10,000 IT Professionals in India.

This association will support NASSCOM’s initiative of creating AI/ML expertise among Indian IT Professionals.

Commenting over this collaboration, NASSCOM (CoE-DSAI), CEO, Sanjeev Malhotra, said that NASSCOM CoE-DSAI was launched with an objective of establishing India as global DSAI destinations by 2022.

He further said that industry will need 150,000 experts in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to enable this objective.

“We are glad to enter into an agreement with this Executive Program in AI/ML, The Advanced Certification Program in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning by the Machine Learning Lab of IIIT-H, to fuel the expertise building in the ecosystem,” he added.

As traditional IT roles vanish, companies are betting big on AI and other deep tech areas to further growth. Currently only 1% of the IT workforce has AI Expertise.

By 2021, approximately 75% of enterprise applications will use AI according to a report by IDC. 

Over 1000 tech professionals from Hyderabad and Bengaluru have enrolled into the program in the first 8 months of the launch.

Of these, 10% participants are from top leadership roles, 35% are from startups and mid-sized companies, and remaining from large companies.

Average experience of participants is 7 years and they are currently working with 380+ global organizations.

“With this model, we can support the Indian IT industry become globally competitive with inputs from our research labs,” said Prof Ramesh Loganathan, IIT-Hyderabad.

Most organizations are grappling with a talent vacuum in AI/ML, Deep Learning and Disruptive Technologies, said Santanu Paul, MD & CEO, TalentSprint.

He said, “With this association, our collective goal is to help Indian professionals position themselves as premium talent and make India a hub of global AI/ML expertise.”

AI/ML technologies are pegged to rewrite the narrative of the global software industry, and the race for talent has started, he added.


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