IIT-M incubated start-ups to create one lakh AI experts by 2020

Two start-ups, incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), have joined hands to create one lakh experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning by 2020.
IIT-M incubated start-ups to create one lakh AI experts by 2020

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GUVI, which offers a platform for students in Tier 2,3 cities to learn in vernacular languages, is now collaborating with One Fourth Labs, a start-up founded by IIT-M Faculty, which offers advanced AI courses at nominal fees, starting at Rs 1,000, a release from IIT-M said on Wednesday.

AI is one of the dominant technologies of this generation, which has helped machines reach human-level performance on specific tasks such as identifying faces, classifying images, playing complex strategy games, detecting anomalies in medical imagesand so on.

‘’There is a huge demand for AI talent in India, but the supply is limited due to a shortage of affordable courses which take students from basics to advanced topics’’, it said. GUVI will be the platform partner and One Fourth Labs will be the content partner for this joint initiative.

The course offered by One Fourth Labs is designed based on the Indian context, which enables students to comprehend complicated concepts with relative ease and get skilled in solving AI problems. The pre-requisites to this course have been designed to enable as many students in India learn it.

It is open to every student, who is strong in high school mathematics and Python programming, who can now become an AI and Deep Learning expert using this course. S P Balamurugan, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, GUVI, said, Students could sign up at www.guvi.in to access this ‘Deep Learning’ course.

IIT-M professors have created the course content in the platform and coding contests will be conducted periodically with the top performers rewarded through the platform.

Periodic Assessment will be conducted to issue the certificates upon completion of the course. The learning history of the individual will be maintained as part of his GUVI profile, which the users can share with the employers.

The platform is Gamified to keep the learners attentive and to ensure they complete the course. The mission of the GUVI was to take technology skills to all the deserving students and demography should never be a barricade to acquire skills.

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