A 22-year-old student from International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru (IIIT-B) achieved a rare feat this week when he landed a residency at the prestigious AI Google Residency Program. And his gigantic reward is a salary package of ₹1.2 crore per annum.
IIIT-B’s Aditya Paliwal was one of the 50 students selected from a pool of 6,000 participants from across the world this year.
Originally from Mumbai, Paliwal was studying integrated MTech dual-degree programme of five years from 2013 to 2018 at IIIT-B.
The Google AI Residency Program is a 12-month research training role designed to jumpstart or advance the resident’s career in machine learning research. The programme was created in 2015 with the goal of training and supporting the next generation of deep learning researchers.
The residency programme website explains that the selected candidates will be given a chance to work with noted scientists and engineers from an option of research teams, choosing placements within the Google Brain team, Perception, Natural Language Understanding or Google AI New York.
Paliwal will join the Google AI programme in New York on 16 July 2018.
In an interview with TNIE, Paliwal said, “I am more inclined to research but was not sure of doing a PhD immediately. The program was a good compromise and a balance between research and industry. Plus, it is in the domain that I was interested in — artificial intelligence… After the one-year period, one can leave the program to pursue a PhD, extend the program or convert the residency into a full-time job. However, the extension of the program and job conversion is bound to be based on your performance.”
Paliwal told a news portal that facilities provided to him at IIIT B encouraged him to excel and supported his innovative ideas. He also expressed gratitude towards his seniors in college.
His alma mater tweeted:
Aditya Paliwal, we are proud of you and wish you a successful and fruitful endeavor as you take your next steps towards chasing your dreams.https://t.co/9K0hfJjo6Z
— IIIT Bangalore (@IIITB_official) July 8, 2018
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