The department of information technology, National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal has decided to start a new course in Artificial Intelligence. The Academic Senate, Board of the Institute, and Ministry of Education have approved a new four-year B.Tech programme in Artificial Intelligence from the coming academic year 2021-22. The admissions to the programme will be through JEE (Main) score.
The new course is in conformance with the National Education Policy 2020, which stresses the need to improve the skilled workforce involving mathematics, computer science, and data science, in conjunction with multidisciplinary abilities across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
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Karanam Uma Maheshwar Rao, director, NIT-K, Surathkal said that this degree would prepare students for industry or graduate study by offering specializations indifferent areas of AI like data Science, human-centred computing,cyber-physical systems, and robotics.
“The programme and its curriculum focus on the use of inputs such as video, speech,and big data to make decisions or enhance human capabilities. This specialization empowers students to build intelligent machines, software, or applications with state-of-the-art technology using machine learning, data analytics, and data visualization technologies,” he said.
He added that that earlier, AI was a subset of computer science, but in recent years AI has grown enough to qualify as a distinctive and a bigger unit. As a result, job opportunities for the undergraduates of B.Tech (AI) courses are different from conventional IT jobs.