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IIT Patna Launches PG Certification Programmes In AI/ML, Big Data & Cybersecurity – Analytics India Magazine

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna (IIT Patna) has collaborated with WileyNXT, to announce post-graduate certification programmes in three key fields — Cybersecurity and Blockchain; AI & Machine Learning; and Big Data Engineering. 

Being a globally recognised centre of Computer Education with world-class research output, IIT Patna’s courses with WileyNXT will build students’ competencies in new emerging fields to grow their careers further. The courses are specifically designed for final year students and early-stage professionals who aim to develop a career in the respective fields. 

According to the official release, Post the successful completion of the programme, the participants will get a joint certificate from WileyNXT and IIT Patna.

When asked about this collaboration, Vikas Gupta, the Managing Director of Wiley India, stated his excitement in offering these cutting-edge programmes in partnership with IIT Patna. 

He further said, “The unexpected aspect of our current environment needs us to enhance and accelerate our understanding of the digital landscape. The aim behind this collaboration is to create industry-focused, job-role mapped courses to develop and nurture the next generation of skilled professionals.”

The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) report stated that India is the second most affected country for cyber-attacks between 2016 to 2018. As a matter of fact, PWC study has noted that the instances of cyberattacks on Indian enterprises surged by 117% in 2019 over the previous year.

Consequently, business and enterprises are scouting for trained cybersecurity professionals. However, due to a skilled workforce’s crunch, supply doesn’t meet industry requirements, added Gupta.

Considering that India is home to many IT companies and serves several global companies’ operational needs, there is an urgent requirement to resolve the discrepancies in the demand and supply of cybersecurity professionals. And that is why IITP and WileyNXT are launching the cybersecurity certification programme to bridge this gap.

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Alongside reports also states that the Indian AI market is valued at $6.4 billion as of July – August 2020, which has led to an increase in demand of a new breed of talent in AI & Machine Learning. It also offers myriad opportunities for professionals from various backgrounds. 

The AI/ML certification programme has been exclusively designed to create a skilled base of artificial intelligence professionals for various industries such as healthcare, supply chain, cybersecurity amongst others, added Gupta. 

Additionally, the big data technology and service market are expected to reach a value of $79.5 billion by 2024, at an estimated CAGR of 25.4 % from2019 to 2024. A lot of this could be attributed to the massive number of Indian enterprises adopting big data and visual tools to enhance operations and customer experience. Thus, it has become critical for students graduating with a specialisation in the STEM field to grab their opportunities.

The six-month online professional certification programmes come with over 150 hours of learning, several capstone projects and real-world case studies, immersions at the campus and masterclasses by top industry experts and business technology drivers in India. These are designed to drive IT professionals towards growth in career and salaries and enable them to learn cutting-edge technologies in-depth.

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