Nasscom to hone faculty’s skills in AI

Bengaluru: Indian IT industry body Nasscom on Tuesday unveiled a development programme here to train faculty through its centre of excellence for data science in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“The programme will enhance capabilities of the faculty in AI through our centre of excellence for data science and AI and future skills platform,” said Nasscom in a statement here.

Broadening its resolve to democratise AI learning, the course offers a comprehensive schedule to the faculty with exposure to business problems by working with industry experts and access to tools in the domain.

“The course will be delivered as an integrated platform consisting of 125 hours of learning, including 100 hours online in predictive modelling, programming languages, time series forecasting, Machine Learning, optimisation techniques, visualisation, natural language processing and image and video analytics,” said the statement.

The online component will be delivered through the trade body’s FutureSkills platform, which provides free learning content in AI.

Upon completion, the faculty will undergo 25 hours of hands-on, lab-based training by industry experts and academic partners on business problems.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) will certify the faculty on completing the course.

“The objective of the programme is to develop an ecosystem of faculty in the AI space, which translates into talent ready to be absorbed by the industry in to its workforce,” said the statement.

The programme will be offered initially in technical colleges and universities in Karnataka and will extend across the country later.

“We aim to upskill about 2,000 faculty members in AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning through multiple interventions and impact about 25,000 under-graduates pursuing AI-related courses,” said Nasscom’s FutureSkills Chief Executive Amit Aggarwal on the occasion.