IIT Delhi School of Artificial Intelligence to start new MTech programme

IIT Delhi is expected to begin the new MTech in MINDS programme in July 2022. Students with bachelor's degrees in science or engineering will be eligible.


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Anu Parthiban | October 26, 2021 | 12:34 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi's School of Artificial Intelligence (ScAI) will start a new postgraduate programme focused on artificial intelligence. IIT Delhi’s Senate, the faculty body responsible for taking all major educational decisions, has approved the proposed programme titled ‘MTech in Machine Intelligence & Data Science (MINDS)’, the official statement read.

MTech in MINDS, a flagship educational programme of the school, is expected to begin in July 2022. Students with an undergraduate degree in science or engineering will be eligible for the MINDS programme.

This will be the second degree offered by the School of Artificial Intelligence. Earlier, the school started a PhD in AI.

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The department currently lists around 40 faculty members on its list, including adjunct faculty members from industry research centres like Microsoft Research, Google AI and IBM Research.

MTech in MINDS is planned as an industry-sponsored programme. The students will be expected to work on industry-relevant AI problems since they will be co-advised by an IIT Delhi professor and a researcher from the sponsoring company.

The curriculum for MTech in MINDS will include graduate-level courses in core AI technologies like deep learning and data mining, application-oriented courses like computer vision, natural language processing, and AI for healthcare, and also fundamental courses on mathematics underlying modern AI technologies.

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Mausam, the founding head of the school, said, “Our PhD programme has gathered a lot of interest in its first year. We had a 90% success rate in PhD students joining ScAI last semester, which is exceptional for a young academic unit like ours, as students generally prefer more established academic programmes. But they chose us, suggesting that we have put together a really strong faculty team in AI.”

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