IIT Delhi to launch M.Tech in ‘MINDS’

IIT Delhi to launch M.Tech in ‘MINDS’

An artificial intelligence post-graduate programme will be launched by IIT Delhi's School of Artificial Intelligence (ScAI). The planned 'M.Tech in Machine Intelligence & Data Science (MINDS)' programme was accepted by the IIT Delhi Senate, the faculty body responsible for making all important educational decisions.

The school's M. Tech in MINDS programme, which is set to begin in July 2022, will be its defining feature. ScAI will now offer a second bachelor's degree. Earlier, a PhD programme in artificial intelligence was launched at the university.

"Our PhD programme has drawn a lot of interest in its first year," stated Prof. Mausam, the school's founding head. Last semester, we achieved a 90% success rate in recruiting PhD students to ScAI, which is remarkable for a new academic unit like ours, where students tend to select more established academic programmes. However, they chose us, indicating that our faculty team in AI is quite powerful."

Nearly 40 people from academia and industry are listed as adjunct faculty members on ScAI.

An industry-sponsored programme for M.Tech in MINDS is in the works. Since an IIT Delhi professor and a researcher from the sponsoring company will be co-advising the students, they will be expected to work on AI topics that are important to the industry. The MINDS programme is open to all students with a science or engineering undergraduate degree.

Director of IIT Delhi, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, stated, "Academic institutions nowadays cannot remain in silos. All players, including industry, non-profits, and governments, must work closely together to achieve success. The MINDS M.Tech. programme will stimulate AI collaboration between academics and industry."

In the MINDS programme, students can take graduate-level courses in AI core technologies like deep learning and data mining as well as application-oriented classes like computer vision. They can also take courses in other areas like natural language processing and AI for healthcare, as well as foundational courses in mathematics that underpin modern AI.

Last year, the School of Artificial Intelligence was founded in order to enhance AI education, research, and application. AI and domain experts are encouraged to work together across disciplines to conduct foundational research that has real-world implications. Since its founding, the school has made significant progress in integrating AI efforts across the Institute and recruiting new academic members.