Frequently Asked Questions


The impact of COVID - 19 is likely to continue for several months, post-retreat. With a pandemic on the loose and a global lockdown, artificially intelligent machines have certainly become the unsung hero as it has been instrumental in combating the outbreak. On the contrary, the world is also witnessing the layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts due to the financial crisis hit by the pandemic.

The International Data Corporation, however, presents a bright spot for AI in an otherwise gloomy employment picture. One of its studies published in WSJ, says that AI jobs could increase as much as 16% in 2020, against the 13% predicted before COVID-19 took hold.

Now observing AI in India, the adoption rate has been on the rise and by 2023 at least 50% of enterprise applications will have embedded AI functionality built within the system. And by 2025, AI will have become integral to businesses.

As companies confront and adapt to the new reality, the only road to recovery for organizations will be by deploying AI-enabled solutions to reignite top-line growth. Therefore, going forward, professionals honing AI expertise will only become valuable.

Companies that are on the forefront of AI and other deep technologies will thrive in the post-COVID crisis world. Year over year, AI and Machine Learning have proven to become more than buzzwords as the hiring growth for AI/ML roles has grown 74% annually in the past 4 years. Another World Economic Forum report states that over 133 million new roles will surface due to AI/ML and create nearly 58 million new jobs by 2022.

The top job search sites like Indeed and LinkedIn report that vacancies in the realm of AI and Machine Learning are growing endlessly. Also, given the present outlook, professionals with AI capabilities are likely to be spared from the current wave of layoffs and instead looked as a key asset to the organization.

Rather than jobs, AI opportunities are aplenty and will continue to be so even in future. Looking at the present scenario, building AI/ML expertise is not only crucial for the future but also for your professional development.

Advanced Certification in AI/ML is a 13-week in-depth and comprehensive program designed for working professionals to equip with AI/ML expertise. Jointly delivered by India's #1 Machine Learning Lab - IIIT Hyderabad and TalentSprint.

In the wake of Covid-19, the world is going through an uncertain phase. Working from home, not being able to socialize, and concerns about personal and family safety are taking a toll on all of us. We hope the situation will improve soon.

More than ever before, we now need a balance between safety and flexibility in everything we do. We at IIIT Hyderabad and TalentSprint are fully committed to safety, flexibility, excellence and timeliness with regard to all of our programs.

In line with this, we have introduced the following:
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Attend live interactive online classes by top professors from the safety of your home Attend in-person classes with your cohort whenever it is safe and feasible High-quality peer-learning, group labs, and hackathons on digital platform Long term interest free EMI options

If you choose to enroll for Cohort-15, these measures will give you an opportunity to continue your focus on long term goals and career objectives while retaining maximum flexibility.

You can connect with your Relationship Manager Jivin 91215 32428 / Yochana 99891 64846 for more details.

Our state-of-the-art, direct-to-device digital learning platform, being used by top institutions (IIIT, IIT, IIM) provides the following rich features:


Our digital platform enables participants to

  • Attend all lecture classes online from any location on any device (computer, tablet or smartphone)
  • Interact with faculty, through audio and chat, during the online session
  • Interact with your peers, through chat during the online session

Our digital platform supports mentored online labs for necessary hands on learning.

  • All practical labs are available online on the platform
  • You will have the option to interact with a mentor during the lab sessions
  • You will also be able to set up one-on-one mentoring session during weekdays
  • You can also work with your peer group on the platform for group projects

Yes, all our online sessions are highly interactive and enable audio and chat interaction. Participants can interact and ask questions to faculty through audio. The chat window is common to all participants and faculty and allows interaction among participants.

The classes will have enough interaction to get your doubts cleared. You will also have the additional options:

  • Discussion forum is open in every course, wherein you can post your queries to be answered by peers in the class, mentors
  • Review session scheduled periodically where you can ask the professors and get your doubts clarified
  • One on one sessions with mentors can be scheduled anytime during the program

Given the current crisis due to Covid-19, we understand that participants may have a challenge with cash flows. In order to enhance the Program fee payment flexibility, we have increased the tenure of our interest-free (0% EMI) loan from the current 9 months to 24 months. As a result of this, you will now be able to pay the Program Fee in up to 24 interest-free instalments. You may contact your Relationship Manager for more details.

All you need is an internet-connected device, computer/tablet/smartphone, to be able to participate in the online interactive sessions. A regular broadband connection is sufficient to participate in online sessions. You can also use your 4G connections on smartphones. However, you will need a computer with the necessary configuration to do the online lab sessions.

Yes, program mentors will be available to provide you the required assistance during your online lab exercises schedule.

Participants can interact with their group members for the projects conveniently using Zoom or Skype calls. TalentSprint's platform will also have the provision of group specific discussion forums for asynchronous discussion among the group members.

The contact sessions (in-person) would start as soon as the circumstances permit. It depends on how the situation evolves ensuring the conduct of contact sessions without having any concerns.

TalentSprint's hybrid learning platform values your time and aspirations helping you build your expertise 24x7. The platform is preferred by leading academic institutions including IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIIT Hyderabad. The platform is also tested for scale with over 30,000 participants using this platform for their learning.

Machine Learning is a deep technology. It requires a learning format that is tailored for working professionals. However, in the wake of Covid-19, we at IIIT Hyderabad and TalentSprint are fully committed to safety, flexibility, excellence and timeliness with regard to all of our programs. Keeping this in mind, we have introduced these initiatives.

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Attend live interactive online classes by top professors from the safety of your home Attend in-person classes with your cohort whenever it is safe and feasible High-quality peer-learning, group labs and hackathons on digital platform Long term interest free EMI options

After work, generating the intensity and energy required for gaining expertise in such a technology is not easy without faculty support and peer learning. This is why the Program has been designed to be delivered digitally with Masterclass Lectures, Mentorship, Hackathons, Workshops and Lab Exercises (with peers and mentor support).

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. This Program is offered by India's #1 Machine Learning Lab at IIIT-H and TalentSprint.
  2. It is an in-depth and comprehensive Program suitable for Tech Professionals.
  3. Program is delivered in Hybrid format combining classroom and online learning along with 1 Year Online Access and Support.
  4. Unique 5-step learning process: Masterclass Lectures, Hands-on Labs, Mentorship, Hackathons and Workshops ensure fast-track learning.
  5. Led by collaborative Faculty from Academia, Industry and Global Bluechip Institutions.
  6. Advanced Certification by IIIT-H ML Lab
  7. Exceptional peer-group. 2300+ Professionals with an average of 7 years of experience, working with 600+ leading companies have participated in this program.
  8. Competitive and affordable pricing from IIIT-H compared to other AI/ML programs. For more information, watch this video.

This Program is designed for the working professionals for gaining practical knowledge. The Program is structured from the practitioner's viewpoint and hence is very different from typical academic programs, though retaining the academic rigour of IIIT Hyderabad. This is different from most other programs offered in the market.

Key Components of the Program viz. Lectures, Individual Labs, Mentor Support, Hackathons and Industry Interface provide a high impact experience. Most of the programs from academic institutions are largely online in nature.

Peer-learning becomes possible because of this being an Intensive Contact Program.

This Program was launched in January 2018. Since then, over 2300+ 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% Leadership Positions

Participants have termed this a Transformation Program. The NPS (Net Promoter Score) has been exceptional. Here is the feedback from some of the participants in their own words.
Participant Reviews

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 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.

If you are a Product/Project Manager

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.

If you are Developer or an Analyst

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.

The usual learning process for college and school students on any new technology starts with foundational concepts, proceeds to algorithms and finally ends with real-world use cases.

However, for a working professional, the learning needs are different because they need to focus on solving real-world problems.

The IIIT Hyderabad AI/ML Program is specially designed to take the working professional from real-world use cases to algorithms and then the foundational concepts. While knowledge of the foundation is very important, one does not have too much time to learn the same. The modules are carefully curated to enable the learners to go through a gradually increasing level of comprehensiveness and technicalities.

The structure of the units in the modules will give you an idea of the flow.

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.

The program attracts people from a wide range of experience and job profiles.

Experience Chart

Job Profile Chart

This diversity acts as one of the key benefits for the program. In any organization, there will be a need for people across Leadership roles, management roles, analyst roles and developers to work together to bring a project to light. The good mix of participants across all levels makes the program come very close to one's work environment.

But how does this group dynamics work during labs, where participants have to work individually? How will expertise or otherwise on coding impact the same

The unique 3-level design of the lab experiments enables participants to choose their path among:

  1. Level A: "I want to write the algorithms and make it work." This is generally preferred by participants in Analysts and Developer roles.
  2. Level B: "I want to put to use built in functions and implement algorithms." This is generally preferred by participants in Management and Analyst roles.
  3. Level C: "I want to understand how algorithms work and how assumptions and inputs impact the outcome. " This level is generally preferred by participants in leadership and management roles.

One has the freedom to choose the implementation level based on the need that each experiment fulfills for them. Hence, there is a requisite hands-on for every level in this program.

Special Scholarships are available for 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.

Starts in August 2020

Program and its Impact

  1. Ability to build and deploy AI/ML and Deep Learning applications at your workplace
  2. Advanced Certification by IIIT-H ML 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.

Having said that, the participants of the previous cohorts were from over 600+ leading global organizations like Accenture, AT&T, Intel, Oracle, Wipro, Bayer, Google, Amazon, Deloitte, and many others. Your peers will most likely have an experience ranging from 3 to 22 years. The network provides value even after the program in terms of thought and opportunity exchange. Such interactions have resulted in startups and thought-leadership associations in our programs.

That is not all. TalentSprint partners with corporates to deliver capability-building programs in the deep-tech space. It extends career opportunities to its alumni network as and when they are requested by these corporates.

Program Coverage

This Program is not intended for freshers starting an IT career. It is to serve as an entry point for working professionals into the field of Machine Learning/AI roles.

You will be able to build and deploy AI/ML and Deep Learning applications at your workplace. The content will be a mix of Lectures and Workshops from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty.

The Program Format includes Masterclass Lectures, Hands-on Tutored Labs, Hackathons, Mentorship and Peer Learning.

Joining Process

The Program is intended for technology professionals (preferable 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. Once you have applied, our screening team will review your application and get back to you.

You can join in 4 easy steps:

Program Fee

The Program fee is ₹ 2,00,000/-.
Scholarship is available for Groups, Women, Youth and Startups.
Flexible EMI Options are available.
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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 12-48 Month Credit Card EMI Scheme available with major Banks
Option 4: Interest-free EMI* (0-24 Months) through our finance partner.
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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 Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

Program Schedule

Owing to Covid, all classes will be conducted online. You can attend lecture classes and lab exercises online, interact with faculty and peers as well online, from any location on any device (computer, tablet or smartphone).

The contact sessions (in-person) would start as soon as the circumstances permit. It depends on how the situation evolves ensuring the conduct of contact sessions without having any concerns.

Yes, in case of some lab exercises. The program is designed to offer both individual and group based lab exercises. In case of individual lab exercises you are allowed to submit from home only within the given timelines. Accordingly, IIIT ML Lab and TalentSprint will be providing mentors for necessary assistance.

In addition to weekend slots, additional online lab time with the mentors will be available. Participants have to choose their suitable slot as per the availability of mentors for the same.

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 classroom 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. In case a lab session is missed due to unavoidable circumstances, exercises are available on a cloud platform which can be accessed from home but facilitated lab sessions will not be available on the cloud platform so it is recommended to not miss any of these sessions.

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.

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.

Yes. Depending on your percentage of score and attendance you will either get a merit or a participation certificate.


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.

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

TalentSprint brings high-end and deep-tech education to aspiring and experienced professionals. It partners with world-class academic institutions and global corporations to develop and offer disruptive programs. TalentSprint's hybrid platform delivers unique onsite and online experiences that help build cutting-edge expertise, for today and tomorrow. For more information please visit

Net Promoters Score®, or NPS®, measures customer experience and predicts business growth. This proven metric transformed the business world and now provides the core measurement for customer experience management programs the world around.

  • Promoters (score 9-10) are loyal enthusiasts who will keep buying and refer others, fueling growth.
  • Passives (score 7-8) are satisfied but unenthusiastic customers who are vulnerable to competitive offerings.
  • Detractors (score 0-6) are unhappy customers who can damage your brand and impede growth through negative word-of-mouth.

Subtracting the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters yields the Net Promoters Score, which can range from a low of -100 (if every customer is a Detractor) to a high of 100 (if every customer is a Promoter).