AI skilling in India: Opportunities, challenges and road ahead

The shelf life of skills has drastically shortened and with technology changing exponentially over the last few years, skills that were picked up at the beginning of the career have become obsolete by mid-career. In order to remain employable and relevant, professionals and students need to reskill to take advantage of new opportunities.

IET India along with the British High Commission’s UK India Tech Partnership conducted a roundtable to discuss perspectives, challenges and opportunities around the AI skilling landscape. Challenges around curriculum, content, access, availability as well as perceived end results of gaining AI skills were some of the many issues that were discussed. We had close to 300 attendees participate from 7 countries like India, Sri Lanka, United States of America, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Singapore and Turkey.

Speakers for the discussion included:

  • Professor Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Sameer Dhanrajani, CEO and Co-Founder, AIQRATE
  • Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder & CEO, CENTURY Tech
  • Dr Jaijit Bhattacharya, Chair – Policy Panel, IET FoMT focus; President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP)
  • Amit Goyal, Head – India and South East Asia, EdX

Moderator: Ankita Puri, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, UK-India Tech Partnership.

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