IBM Watson will tie up with IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata (ISIK) and BITS Pilani. The goal here will be to aid the growth of the education sector by introducing a cognitive computing course.
Vani Singh, Indian Leader, IBM Watson Group stated to the press “The main idea behind introducing a cognitive computing course was to empower university students with the technical knowledge to build apps infused with Watson's intelligence, while gaining the entrepreneurial vision to deliver their innovations into the marketplac”.
Programmes and educational materials related to IBM’s Watson technology will be available to the partners at no charge. IBM will provide Application Programme Interface and web-based access to the IBM Watson Developer Cloud. This is intended to develop a prototype application that can leverage the cognitive capabilities of the IBM Watson system.
Vani Singh added “The course on cognitive computing, a first-of-its-kind in India, will help students gain technical knowledge and hands-on expertise in fields such as natural language processing, machine learning and content lifecycle management that is required to develop new applications”.
Guest lecturers comprising of senior IBM executives and IBM Watson technical mentors will provide guidance as students work with Watson and build prototypes of cognitive computing apps.