B.Tech (Bachelors of Technology) programme in artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be launch by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad.
It is the third university in the world to offer a B.tech course after US-based Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
It will be probably for the academic year 2019-20 and intake 20 students under JEE. It will provide a sound knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning. It already offered M.tech programme in artificial intelligence.
“The major aim is to create a complete ecosystem for Artificial Intelligence Academics and Research environment at IIT Hyderabad. This involves B.Tech, M.Tech and different minor programmes in AI. Moreover, R&D will be strongly entwined with academics.” said UB Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad.
The course will cover various verticals such as healthcare, smart mobility, agriculture, among others. The ethical impact of AI and its technologies on areas such as privacy, bias and related issues will also be a key component of this B.Tech programme.
Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development), IIT Hyderabad, said demand for professionals trained in this area far exceeds the current supply.