IT-Ropar and TSW, the executive education division of Times Professional Learning (part of Times of India Group), have launched an online post-graduate certificate programme in artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning. In a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Sarit Kumar Das, director, IIT-Ropar, and Anish Srikrishna, CEO, Times Professional Learning, signed an MoU for a long-term collaboration. The artificial intelligence programme is the first to be launched as part of this collaboration. The .. “The (Covid-19) crisis has only enhanced the requirement for such an online programme,” said Das. Learners could create their own “portfolio” of courses from various institutes and in future, a bunch of such certificate courses may even be considered to lead to a degree. “There is a strong realisation that job roles will be altered by new digital technologies across all levels of organisations, whether at entry-level or senior managerial. The course in AI and DL offered jointly by IIT-R and TSW seeks to address this growing skill gap,” said Srikrishna. The Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Centre (ITJRC) on AI and machine learning at IIT-Ropar will coordinate the programme.