The AI school will give IIT-D recognition on "the global map of AI" Credit: Representational image

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has gone ahead of its peers in embracing the ever-changing dynamics of technology and artificial intelligence. The centre recently announced plans to introduce a school of AI in a bid to keep its students globally competitive and to promote research and development.

IIT-Delhi has set up a School of Artificial Intelligence (ScAI) on its campus, which will provide strictly AI education to students. This independent school would become the sixth school on the IIT campus and it is aimed at providing students with adequate knowledge on the uses and operations of AI technology. Artificial intelligence and its applications are the future of technology, and no other Institution realizes that fact as much as IIT in Delhi.

The IIT artificial intelligence school will begin offering students PhD courses when it begins a new academic year. Postgraduate programs will also begin offering students postgraduate courses much later in its journey. They’re making plans to begin professional level AI education once the experts who will take the course become available on the campus.

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IIT Delhi Director, Ramgopal V Rao said the newly introduced AI program is aimed at increasing the learning spectrum among students in the field of artificial intelligence. According to him, there are currently several degrees in the technological field, and although these degrees exist, there’s still a necessity to introduce one which goes in depth into the various subfields of AI technology.

The introduction of ScAI hopefully will further reaffirm IIT’s position in the country and the region as the foremost leaders in technological development and improve their current status in the world. Rao says that ScAI will give the institute a level of recognition on “the global map of AI”.

The faculty model of the ScAI will be flexible, in the sense that the model will include a core faculty, with an adjunct and joint faculty members.

These faculty members may be as many as 50 who will invest in the different fields of AI. The institute revealed that a committee will be formed whose purpose will strictly be to hire people who will be members of the faculty and students who will be pivotal to improving global visibility. In addition, the school will become a platform where Government and industry related projects are supported and financed.

The institute also plans to hire at least 20 people who will be part of the core faculty in ScAI within the next 10 years. As the ScAI officially begins, some available faculty members will take on additional responsibilities in order to facilitate the development of the school and turn it into the success we all know it can be.

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