The Naval Officers of the Indian Navy will be given training on Artificial Intelligence by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology - IIIT Delhi. On this proposal, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed recently between IIIT Delhi and the Indian Navy. The active Naval officers in service are, however, allowed to take up M.Tech course in Artificial Intelligence as a regular full-time student in the institute but the counselling process is different for them.
Ashok Solanki, the Registrar of IIIT Delhi told the media that the selection process will be based on a ‘mutually agreed screening process’ in which, the approval of IIIT Delhi and the Navy both will be considered before taking admissions in the stream. For the defence personnel who are eager to take up the course will have to sit for a supplementary test which will be designed by the institute itself. Though there are plans for expansion in future, the institute is reserving 4 seats for the Navy personnel.
The institute also thinks it will be beneficial if the student and faculty research projects in the institute work for the Navy but as of now, no draft plan has been chalked out on this proposal.
An officer from the navy said that the Indian navy is making huge changes in its system and working to incorporate the Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies into the organisation as per the directions of Govt of India, Ministry of Defence and the task force report on ‘Strategic Implementation of Artificial Intelligence for National Security and Defence’ issued by the multiple stakeholders. The MoU between IIIT Delhi and Indian Navy will help to develop the niche on the topic within the navy personnel which will contribute to its force and efficiency to provide security.
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