IIT Madras Launches B.Tech Program in AI & Data Analytics, Admissions via JEE

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In a pioneering move to prepare the next generation of tech leaders, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) has unveiled a new undergraduate programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics. Scheduled to commence from the academic year 2024-25, the BTech programme will admit 50 students selected through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced.

The initiative, housed under the Wadhwani School of Data Science and AI, marks a significant leap forward in integrating cutting-edge technology education with real-world applications. Established with a generous ₹110-crore endowment from Sunil Wadhwani, an esteemed alumnus and co-founder of iGATE and Mastech Digital, the programme underscores IIT Madras’s commitment to shaping future AI innovators.

Prof. V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of AI and its transformative potential across various disciplines. “AI is evolving rapidly, permeating engineering, science, and humanities. Understanding these multidisciplinary connections is crucial for success in this field. The BTech in AI and Data Analytics is uniquely positioned to address this aspect, making it the first of its kind globally,” said Prof. Kamakoti.

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The curriculum is meticulously designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of AI fundamentals, ranging from mathematical underpinnings to practical applications and responsible design. Prof. B Ravindran, Head of the Wadhwani School of Data Science and AI, highlighted the programme’s structure, divided into four core parts: Foundation in Sciences, Modeling Techniques, Training and Deployment of Models, and Domain Applications.

“AI is at a juncture akin to where computer science stood 30 years ago. It promises to be the defining technology of this generation and beyond. Our programme ensures that students grasp AI fundamentals and gain the expertise to pursue advanced research,” noted Prof. Ravindran.

The BTech programme offers flexibility through various electives within and outside the department, enabling students to tailor their learning journey to their interests and career aspirations. This academic freedom is complemented by state-of-the-art facilities and industry collaborations, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for diverse AI-driven roles in the global marketplace.


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