AI courses in Computer science seats at top-tier colleges are no longer an aspiration for students. There is a need for specialization now. As artificial intelligence (AI) engages the interest of many Indian institutions, many have now launched their AI-related B.Tech programs. Universities such as IIT Hyderabad, Great Lakes International University, and GH Raisoni College offer AI programs.
Over the last few years, there has continued to be a high demand for individuals with skills in artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. Across all stakeholder groups, from the government to professors to students. Workers now realize the need to master these digital technologies to advance their careers.
According to the National Employability Report for Engineers, nearly 80 percent of engineering graduates lack the skills to make them employable. Only 3 percent of engineering graduates possess the skills required for jobs in emerging tech. Such as AI, machine learning, etc., by Aspiring Minds.
In an interview with Analytics India Magazine, Debashis Guha, director of the Master of Artificial Intelligence in Business (MAIB) at SP Jain School of Global Management. Also, it is the need for programs to educate AI engineers at the bachelor’s degree level. In his view, Artificial Intelligence will be integrated into all industries and sectors, and we must have AI engineers at the forefront of this technological transformation.
What is the situation in India?
The US and China are leading the way to incorporate artificial intelligence into educational curriculums, but India is still in its infancy. Two years ago, the Chinese Ministry of Education granted permission to 35 universities to establish AI undergraduate programs.
A coalition of premier institutions, including IIT and IISc, introduced the national program on technology enhanced learning (NPTEL) in 2003. In addition to offering online courses, NPTEL also offers research courses at universities and other institutions. Several classes in AI, data science, and machine learning are available in the platform’s computer science and engineering program.
It doesn’t mean we should start B Tech courses in a particular specialization because they are in demand. IIT Ropar assistant professor Ashish Sahani wrote in a Linkedin post that one course in the final year of BTech should provide students with enough AI knowledge to be competitive in most industries.
As a result, graduates with such degrees may have limited employment options. According to him, computer science and electrical engineering graduates with a few AI courses. It will have broader prospects in the job market than those who graduated with ‘B Techs in AIs.
Curriculum integration of artificial intelligence
By earning a bachelor’s degree in AI, students gain the skills needed to build applications like speech recognition, facial recognition, and translation. The study areas could include data science, machine learning, advanced mathematics, statistics, engineering, robotics, ethics, etc. Guha said AI needs to be a part of almost all university departments, incredibly natural and social science departments.