Why Indian B-Schools Are Including AI and Robotics

Sep 27, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

As business embrace the “Internet of Things” (IoT), business schools in India are preparing the next generation of business leaders in business analytics and strategies.

Business schools, like SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), are making room in their curricula for artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. They recently launched two new courses: “Reinventing Business with IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” and “IoT in Supply Chain.”

Why?

In an article in the India Times, Anil Vaidya, area head of information management at SPJIMR said, “A management graduate will not do an engineer’s job, but in a world where automation is fast disrupting businesses, anyone in a leadership position must have knowledge of technology, which they can use to improve business.”

In their coursework, business students are building their own IoT devices and using them in the real world, monitoring them using cloud services.

Mohammed Shahid Abdulla, associate professor of information technology and systems at IIM Kozhikode echoes the sentiment. He said, “Employability of students enhances with skills, and peaks if enthusiasm can be tapped into.”  He added, “AI and machine learning have both managerial applicability and a futuristic touch that enthuses students.”

Learn more about studying business in India.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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