Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mehta Family Foundation (MFF), USA to set up the Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the IIT campus. The objective of this MoU is to promote Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) courses at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Through this MoU, MFF will provide support for the development of the school’s infrastructure and programs at the IIT Guwahati campus. The school will offer programs for visiting students and faculty between the school and US institutions.
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The school will also host conferences and establish chairs attracting world-class talent. The school has access to strategic advisors, who are distinguished professors from top US universities providing time and expertise for academic and research activities in this new school.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “IIT Guwahati has always endeavoured to play a leadership role by diversifying the flavour of its academic programs. Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is another important initiative at IIT Guwahati that will bridge the gap of highly skilled personnel that exists in these emerging fields. I take this opportunity to thank Mehta Family Foundation for its enormous support in establishing this school which will offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, B. Tech in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence from this academic year and we expect that the school will be able to attract the best talents in the country to join this program.”
Highlighting the collaboration between IIT Guwahati and the Mehta Family Foundation, Rahul Mehta, Chief Executive said, “The explosion of data across all fields of knowledge continues unabated. Just like computer science changed the world, data science and artificial intelligence are posed to do the same. These fields will shape the methods used in education and research across the spectrum of human knowledge. Global interdisciplinary collaborations as envisioned in this new school will lift our understanding of society and nature. Bringing together global talents such as Professor Shankar Subramaniam, Professor Rajesh Gupta (both Univ. of California, San Diego), and Professor Ananth Grama (Purdue Univ.) can accelerate the expansion in these fields. IIT Guwahati has the vision of the new talent India needs. Together we will build the framework for the future.”
The first batch of B. Tech students for this school will be admitted through JEE in the academic year 2021- 22.