Frequently Asked Questions

Program and its Impact

  1. Intense classroom + online program
  2. Offered by #1 AI research institution in India, right here in Bengaluru
  3. Tailor-made curriculum for experienced tech professionals
  4. Delivered by leaders from academia and industry

AI and Machine Learning is a deep technology. It requires a learning format that is effective. For a working professional, after about 40 hours of work every week, generating the intensity and energy required for gaining expertise in such a technology needs a structured approach.

This 18-weekend program is designed in an intense classroom + online format to address this objective. You will attend

  1. 9 full days of classroom sessions - over 3 weekends (Fri-Sun)
  2. Online classes for 15 weeks

The program is hands-on with a balanced mix of lectures and labs. You get assistance from mentors throughout the program.

The hackathons, group labs, and workshops also enable you to work in teams of exceptional peer group.

It is this structure that has enabled over 95% completion rate among the 2200+ participants.

Working professionals solve real-world problems everyday in their work life. Hence, a program for a professional has to fit this context and not go by the usual academic learning process starting with foundational concepts, proceeding to algorithms and finally closing with real-world use cases. Therefore, this program is specifically designed to start from real-world use cases, and introduce the algorithms and foundational concepts related to the real-world use cases. This context makes learning effective for a working professional.

The following program outline will give you a clear picture of the uniqueness of this learning approach.

Unit 0 Foundations
Refresh your knowledge on coding and mathematics necessary for building expertise in AI/ML.

Unit 1 Problem Formulation and Solving
Learn to translate real-world problems in terms of AI/ML abstractions.

Unit 2 Closer Look at AIML Algorithms
Learn about and apply standard AI/ML algorithms to create AI/ML applications.

Unit 3 Deep Learning and Practical Issues
Implement practical solutions using Deep Learning Techniques and Toolchains.

In recent years, AI has evolved as a dominant disruptor. Every industry is adopting AI to digitally transform their businesses. The need for understanding AI and exploiting its potential has now expanded far beyond the techies sitting in the research lab and developers trying to show PoC on a miniature data set.

It is the need of the hour for professionals across the organization, independent of their job roles, to have a working knowledge of AI and how to effectively use this disruptive technology in their area of work.

If you are a Business Leader and CXO If you are a Product/Project Manager If you are Developer or an Analyst

If you are a business leader, or CXO of an organization, large or small, MNC or a startup, you need to use the disruptive power of AI to make your product/service valuable to your customers. When you understand how AI can be used as a competitive advantage and also a decision making tool, you will build a strong organization.

One can argue that a business leader can recruit professionals with AI knowledge. However, as always, everything starts at the top. To adopt this disruptive technology, you need to build a culture of data based decision making and effective use of AI, which can be done only when the top management is part of the process.

As a manager of a product or a project, it is likely that your responsibility will include a good proportion of AI. If not today, very soon, you will see the type of problems you manage, change completely. This will be driven by AI and to be effective in your role, you need to understand how AI works, ask the right questions. Be intelligent in your discussion with your customer/team. Hence, you need to get the right perspective on AI.

For code developers, building expertise in AI will enable them to stay ahead of the competition. It is clear that AI is evolving faster than ever and one needs to keep up with the trends to be able to cope with the career challenges ahead. As a developer, you need to be at the forefront of developing AI applications. And keep yourself updated with the latest techniques and toolchains.

The program will be led by collaborative faculty from academia, industry and global bluechip institutions.

Dr. C. V. Jawahar
Dean of Research & Development. Renowned Expert in Machine Learning and Optimization, Document Image Analysis, and Computer Vision Problems. Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur.

Dr. Anoop Namboodiri
Lead Faculty
Associate Professor at IIIT-H. Expert in Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Biometrics. Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Asokan Pichai
Lead Faculty
Senior Vice President at TalentSprint. Industry Instructor, Instructional Designer, and Programming Guru. Consults with FOSSEE at IIT Bombay on Python Courses.

Vineet Gandhi
Lead Faculty
Assistant Professor at IIIT-H. Expert in Computer vision and multimedia, human detection and tracking, depth reconstruction and applications. Ph.D. from INRIA, France.

The next cohort in Bengaluru starts in July 2020.

The need for understanding AI has expanded far beyond the techies sitting in the research lab. Professionals across the organization, independent of their job roles, must gain working knowledge of AI and how to effectively use this disruptive technology in their area of work. This implies to Business Leaders, CXO, Product/Project Managers, Developers and Analysts. Here is how this program addresses the differing needs of professionals from different roles.

  • The curriculum of the Program has been designed by IIIT Hyderabad Faculty. It is uniquely structured to serve the learning needs of professionals at every level of the organization. KCIS, the Kohli Centre on Intelligent Systems along with India's #1 Machine Learning Lab, both hosted inside IIIT-H, power the research and deep tech expertise of the program. KCIS has been ranked as the leading center in India for AI and Robotics (2008-2018) ~
  • The leading faculty of IIIT Hyderabad will deliver the Program. They are recognized as top notch in the areas of Machine Learning and Optimization, Biometrics, Computer Vision and more. Mentorship from them is valuable from the perspective of building a deep and hands-on approach to learning and practicing AI and ML
  • IIIT Hyderabad will give the Advanced Certification in AI/ML at the end of the Program
  • Participants will get the Alumni status of IIIT-Hyderabad Executive Education
  1. The lab sessions for the program are held by the expert team at TalentSprint to enable the participants apply the concepts in real life
  2. We provide support between 9:30AM to 6:00PM on all working days
  3. TalentSprint's pracademic platform offers a hybrid onsite and online experience to seekers of deep tech expertise. It partners with top academic institutions and global corporations to create and deliver world-class programs, certifications, and outcomes in disruptive technologies like AI, Machine Learning, Data Science and Cyber Defense
  4. TalentSprint brings renowned leaders and professionals from the industry to interact with participants and share their real-life experiences and learnings
  1. Get the ability to build and deploy AI/ML and deep learning applications at your work
  2. Advanced executive certification by IIIT-H Machine Learning Lab
  3. Learn from the world class faculty and seasoned industry professionals
  4. Reinforce learning by applying concepts in industry relevant assignments and projects

This is an expertise building program for working professionals. You obtain an advanced certification from IIIT Hyderabad, a leading research institution. Expertise built in this program will prepare you to explore opportunities in the area of AI/ML. Designed for working professionals only, there is no placement assistance provided to the participants.

Periodically, we do get requests from various companies seeking certified talent. Such opportunities will be shared with you as and when received which you can explore directly.

Advanced Executive Certification from India's #1 Machine Learning Lab at IIIT Hyderabad

Yes, you get executive alumni status of IIIT Hyderabad which is ranked #1 for AI research in India.

Program incorporates industry lectures to understand the industry trends. In addition, you will be invited to DeepTalk, a monthly CXO interaction series. As a participant/alumni, you will get special voice interaction access with these leaders. In this event, CXOs of leading organizations share their experience on using deep and disruptive technologies to evolve their business.

Your co-participants work at top organizations of the world, have an average experience of 7 years (3 to 22 years) and play different roles in their work. The program format with masterclass lectures, labs, hackathons and workshops enables a conducive environment to network with your peers in the cohort. Most participants continue to network even after the cohort. Some programs have resulted in startups and thought-leadership associations, co-founded by participants.

This program was launched in January 2018. Since then, over 2200+ tech professionals have enrolled in the cohorts at Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The participants are from 600+ globally leading companies across several industries.

  • 70% participants have over 5 years of experience
  • 19% women participants
  • 30% from startups and small companies
  • 34% developers, 27% analysts, 27% managers and 12% leaders

Participants have termed this a transformation program. The NPS (Net Promoter Score) has been exceptional. Here is the feedback from some of the participants.

Eligibility and Selection

The program is intended for technology professionals, preferably with some coding experience. To know more about the program prerequisites, watch this video

Only working professionals with minimum 1 year of experience can apply for the program. Your application will be reviewed for selection by the selection committee. A Relationship Manager will be assigned to you, who will represent your candidature to the selection committee.

You can join in these easy steps:

Curriculum and Evaluation

Unit 0 Foundations
Refresh your knowledge on coding and mathematics necessary for building expertise in AI/ML.

Unit 1 Problem Formulation and Solving
Learn to translate real-world problems in terms of AI/ML abstractions.

Unit 2 Closer Look at AIML Algorithms
Learn about and apply standard AI/ML algorithms to create AI/ML applications.

Unit 3 Deep Learning and Practical Issues
Implement practical solutions using Deep Learning Techniques and Toolchains.

The program format includes masterclass lectures, hands-on tutored labs, hackathons, workshops, mentorship and peer learning.

The program is designed to have continuous formative and summative assessments. The final scores will be determined based on the sum of scores of various assessments.


Bootcamp 1      Jul 24 - 26, 2020
Bootcamp 2      Sep 18 - 20, 2020
Bootcamp 3     Nov 20 - 22, 2020

Online Segment 1      Jul 04 - 19, 2020
Online Segment 2      Aug 01 - Sep 13, 2020
Online Segment 3     Sep 26 - Nov 8, 2020

Being an intensive program, It is recommended that one should not miss a class to ensure enriched learning. In case it is unavoidable, one will have access to the video recording of the class in the LMS for necessary reference and use. Also, as per the program norms as overall 75% attendance is mandatory. In case it is unavoidable, one will have access to an unedited version of the video recording of the class in the LMS, by the end of the day. The edited version will be posted to the LMS by end of day on every Tuesday..

Both Individual and Group Lab sessions are designed to check, deepen and practice the learnings. Especially, group based labs are designed to have a mix of participants from varied backgrounds, which will be a real benefit in addition to the task at hand. Also, as per the program norms overall 75% attendance is mandatory.

Yes, every Participant is required to carry his/her personal laptop. Exercises will be conducted on a cloud based platform.

After the program, there will not be any facilitated lab sessions. However, you can seek support from mentors with a prior request based on availability.

The program related learning material is made accessible through an integrated learning management system (LMS). The access will be given for 1 year (12 months) from the program start.

In-Class Learning

In-class learning will be scheduled over a long weekend (Fri-Sun) in the months of July, August and September 2020.

Bootcamp 1      Jul 24 - 26, 2020
Bootcamp 2      Sep 18 - 20, 2020
Bootcamp 3     Nov 20 - 22, 2020

The classes will be held in
Racecourse Road

By top faculty from IIIT Hyderabad and TalentSprint

As the in-classes learning is scheduled in Bengaluru at a prominent star hotel/similar facility, options for stay will be available at the same location. Special rates will be available for participants who wish to avail this facility. Participants will pay the hotel directly.

Participants are welcome to visit IIIT Hyderabad campus and meet the faculty members. A prior appointment is necessary to make sure that the faculty is available at the time of your visit. Your Academic Coordinator for the program will facilitate this.

Yes, they are mandatory for the successful completion of the program. Only those who attend all the in-class training will be eligible for certification.

Program Fee

The Program fee is ₹ 2,00,000/- plus GST. See fee related details on this page

Option 1: Full Payment (Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card / UPI)

Option 2: 0% Interest Scheme (Via Interest Cashback)* (0-9 EMIs)

Option 3: Interest-Based Schemes (12-48 EMIs)

See details on this page

Special Scholarships are available for Academia, Group, Women, Youth and Startups.

Group: Group Scholarship is available to facilitate participants (in groups of 3 or more) to build expertise along with their colleagues/friends.

Women: To improve the gender ratio in the industry, we encourage more women to enroll in the program through this Scholarship.

Youth: We encourage youth with less than 5 years of experience to avail of the Youth Scholarship and benefit from this program.

Startups: Startup community is encouraged to enhance their skills in this deep technology by using the Startup Scholarship.

Program Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

A late fee is applicable for a delay in payment of fee:
Delay of up to 5 days - ₹3,000
Delay of 5-10 days - ₹5,000
Delay beyond 10 days - fee paid will be forfeited

Program Partners and Platform

There was a time when experience had a premium badge in the Tech Industry. Alas, that premium is eroding fast and has even become a hindrance. Traditional IT roles are declining as disruptive technologies like AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data are taking center stage. A career shift into these disruptive technologies is becoming a necessity for tech professionals.

AI will add 2.3 million jobs by 2020 ~Gartner

AI is the Next Industrial Revolution ~Wall Street Journal

AI to improve rate of innovation 2.2 times by 2021 ~IDC

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  • Largest CS Research Group in India
  • #1 in AI Research in India
  • #1 in Robotics Research in Asia

Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) at IIIT Hyderabad was established in 2015 to give a fillip to research, teaching and entrepreneurship in the Broad Intelligent Systems Area. It has the #1 rated Machine Learning Lab in India and acts as an umbrella organization at the institute to both strengthen the existing groups and facilitate new activities in related areas. It also acts as a force multiplier in attracting projects and funding from the government and industry sectors, coordinating research in related domains across different IIIT Hyderabad centers, as well as in the institute's research collaboration with other academic institutions in the country. For more information please visit

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