• December 4, 2021

IIT Guwahati launches Bachelor’s programme in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

A Bachelor’s degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence will open up several career options like Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Data Architects, among others, for the students

GUWAHATI, October 2021: Indian Institute of Guwahati is launching a new B.Tech programme in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence from the coming academic year. The first batch of 20 students will be admitted to IIT Guwahati through the ongoing JEE Advanced 2021 counseling process and the institute looks forward to welcoming them along with all new batch of students to other undergraduate branches of the institute.

This new program is designed to be holistic in nature that will train students in topics related to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI), with emphasis on relevant courses from other disciplines of science and engineering such as Computer Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics.

This DSAI programme will be offered by the newly established Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, IIT Guwahati, set up with generous support from the Mehta Family Foundation, Houston, Texas, USA, with a track record of having supported several institutes in the fields of education and healthcare.

Speaking about the programme, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “This new B. Tech. program on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence being offered by IIT Guwahati will be very attractive to train next generation Data Scientists and Technologists for future predictions in multiple domains of business, technology implementation, healthcare sector, disaster management, policy formulation and manage large data sets irrespective of the field they work in their careers. The vast opportunities that this field offers will fulfill the demands of having sufficiently qualified graduates to serve the nation in the future in areas requiring expertise in AI and Data Analytics.”

There is a growing demand for highly trained professionals in the fields of DSAI. This newly introduced B. Tech programme will emphasize on extending training in both theoretical as well as practical perspectives.  The training will prepare students to tackle cutting-edge challenges in areas of Big Data analytics and Management, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, AI, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Finance, and IoT, among others. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to earn a Minor in another discipline of the Institute. The program is expected to prepare the students to involve in major challenges emerging as a result of the business and innovation moving towards a more data-driven setup, contributing towards the growth of a new innovation-oriented India.

Along with the highly talented newly recruited full time faculty, many of the associated faculty members of the school have prior experience of nurturing the already existing M. Tech. programme in Data Science, being offered jointly, by the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.

Apart from this, IIT Guwahati has a fully equipped infrastructure for the new B. Tech programme and the facilities are being augmented regularly.

ABOUT IIT GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati established in 1994 has completed 25 years of glorious existence in 2019. At present, the Institute has eleven departments, five inter-disciplinary academic centres and four schools covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. The institute offers a residential campus to 412 faculty members and more than 6,000 students at present. Besides its laurels in teaching and research, IIT Guwahati has been able to fulfil the aspirations of people of the North East region to a great extent since its inception in 1994. The picturesque campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, around 20 kms from the heart of the Guwahati city.

 IIT Guwahati is the only academic institution in India that occupied a place among the top 100 world universities – under 50 years of age – ranked by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE) in the year 2014 and continues to maintain its superior position even today in various International Rankings. IIT Guwahati gained rank 41 globally in the ‘Research Citations per Faculty’ category and overall 395 rank in the QS World University Rankings 2022 released recently. IIT Guwahati has retained the 7th position among the best engineering institutions of the country in the ‘India Rankings 2019’ declared by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). IIT Guwahati has been also ranked 2nd in the ‘Swachhata Ranking’ conducted by the Govt. of India. Recently, IIT Guwahati has been ranked as the top ranked University in 2019 for IT developers by HackerRank in the Asia-Pacific region.

Among other frontier areas of research and innovation, IIT Guwahati is working towards augmenting critical science research initiatives in Genomics, Developmental Biology, Health Care and Bioinformatics, Flexible Electronics, Advanced Functional Materials, Sustainable Polymers, Rural Technologies, Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction, and Water Resources and Management. In its silver jubilee year, IIT Guwahati is poised to scale newer heights through all round growth and development.

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