IIT Kharagpur launches certification course on Artificial Intelligence with TCS iON

This 3-month weekends-only online program are offered by the faculty of IIT Kharagpur from Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical and Math departments and TCS scientists and the real-world applications are offered by industry experts.

05 Aug 2023
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  Kharagpur: AI for Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (AI4ICPS), a national AI Hub, established by IIT Kharagpur under the aegis of DST, Government of India, on the occasion of third anniversary of National Educational Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), announces the launch of its latest and highly anticipated program, “Hands-on AI for the real-world applications (HAAI).” The course was launched by Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur in the august presence of Mr. Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON, IIT Kharagpur along with Prof. Amit Patra, Deputy Director, Prof. Pabitra Mitra, Project Director, AI4ICPS; Captain Amit Jain (Retd.), Registrar; Mr. Bhat Dittakavi, CEO, AI4ICPS Technology Innovation Hub of IIT Kharagpur; Mr. Manivannan Ranganathan, Business Head, TCS iON and senior officials of TCS. This certification program is set to democratize education in AI technologies for skill development of youth and professionals with the goal to massively educate 1,00,000 lakh people as part of nation building.

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Led by the esteemed Director of IIT Kharagpur, Prof. V K Tewari, Hands-on AI for the real-world applications (HAAI) has been meticulously designed to not only meet the demands of the rapidly evolving Al industry but also structured to implement the NEP 2020 recommendations such as education for all, concepts based and hands-on interdisciplinary learning, upskilling for employability and digital technology enhanced virtual classrooms. With the emphasis on hands-on learning and interdisciplinary approaches, this transformative program offers a unique blend of theoretical foundations and hands-on practical learning, heavily biased towards later.

AI4ICPS has brought in TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) focused on educational institutions and examination boards, as a platform and outreach partner for this certification program. As a partner, TCS iON will provide LMS platform services and massive outreach to institutions of India and another target audience.


This 3-month weekends-only online program are offered by the faculty of IIT Kharagpur from Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical and Math departments and TCS scientists and the real-world applications are offered by industry experts along with the research scholars of IIT Kharagpur with hands-on practical learning.


Some of the key highlights of the program include 100 hours of overall experiential learning, industry preparedness from AI4ICPS hub, modular quizzes, tips and tricks and assignments, discussion rooms, some real-world datasets, live doubt-clearing by the experts, certificate of merit for top 1%, opportunity to interact with industry professionals and resume prep guidance by AI4ICPS.

Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur stated, “Skill Development of the students and young professionals as a part of nation building has been one of the major aspects of NEP 2020. The Hands-on AI certification course offered by AI4ICPS of IIT Kharagpur will prepare the participants industry readiness and the opportunity to interact with TCS and other industry subject matter experts which will amalgamate a potential career path for the students and the professionals in accordance with AI application. The vision towards this program is to implement NEP 2020 for AI Education to improve employability and encourage innovation. The TCS team is on board with us to offer infrastructure competences and other technical support. The course targets one lakh students in cohort (phases) with interactive sessions. Through this course the participants would know how he/she can utilize this pedagogy for implementations in his job profile. Following the success of the course, we can take this forward to launch a diploma course for 10-12 months or a degree course which will be beneficial for the students and the working professional. This will also be an opportunity for the people to experience the industrial outline of the knowledge base, i.e. IIT Kharagpur.

Mr. Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON, IIT Kharagpur remarked, “At TCS iON, we have made significant and continued investments in developing learning and assessment solutions that can help in upskilling India’s youth at scale. We are bringing an ecosystem covering multiple players with pedigreed academic institutions and leading industry players to create impactful programs which add industry context to academic learning. We are very happy to join hands with AI4ICPS unit of IIT Kharagpur in taking the course on "AI for Real World Applications" to the market jointly. A large number of people wants to learn from IIT Kharagpur. Multiple cohorts will be conducted starting with the 3 months online course, once we reach a maximum number through registration. Professionals, students, corporates can join this course which will in turn create new opportunities, better jobs with a deep dive into a multiple structure of real world AI applications. This is just the beginning, we want to learn more from each other.

Course name: Hands-on AI for the real-world applications

Duration: 47 contact hours and total 100 hours of experiential learning Start Date: 2nd September 2023

End Date: 2nd December 2023

Eligibility: Freshers, individuals pursuing UG/PG degree, who aspire for a career in the field of AI, working professionals looking for a career transition as AI/ML engineer, individuals with basic programming knowledge looking to build their careers in IT.


Prospective participants can register for this certification program through AI4ICPS official website www.ai4icps.in or TCS iON website https://learning.tcsionhub.in/hub/iit-kgp-certificate-program/hands-on-approach-to-ai/