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Modi government approves setting up of six new IITs

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New Delhi: The union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved setting up and operationalization of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala, and Karnataka.
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“The cabinet also gave its approval for operationalization of these IITs initially by forming of Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to give a legal status to them till the amendment for their incorporation in The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 is enacted,” an official statement said.

Each new IIT will have an initial intake of 180 students in its first year, which would increase to 450 in the second year and to 928 (840 undergraduates, 80 post-graduates and 8 Ph.D.) in the third year of their operation,

The total cost for running these IITs is Rs.1,411.80 crore and will be incurred between 2015-16 and 2018-19.

The statement also added “The new IITs will be operated from their temporary campuses for the initial period of three years before shifting into their permanent campuses in the 4th year. Each IIT will have a sanctioned strength of faculty members, with a faculty-student ratio of 1:10,”.

(Inputs from IANS)

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IIT Guwahati Developing AI-Enabled Chatbot Named “ALBELA” to Teach and Support First Year Students of EEE

Earlier we did the trial runs of the chatbot, and started using from this academic session onwards

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We have been working on its development since last 7 months with a team of dedicated 7 research scholars of the department. Pixabay

In a bid to promote learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI), a team of postgraduate students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, along with their faculty members are developing an Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot named “ALBELA” to teach and support first year students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE).

“We have been working on its development since last 7 months with a team of dedicated 7 research scholars of the department. Earlier we did the trial runs of the chatbot, and started using from this academic session onwards.

“The response from the students has been overwhelming and we hope that this will become the new normal in near future. Prof. Rohit Sinha, Head EEE Department, and the team IBM have extended their continuous support for this activity,” Praveen Kumar, Professor, Department of EEE, IIT Guwahati, said in a statement.

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In a bid to promote learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI), a team of postgraduate students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, along with their faculty members are developing. Pixabay

The chatbot would help students find their class schedule, tutorial schedule, and examination queries via a AI-based chat window. Students at times may hesitate to approach an instructor regarding their queries, but with this chat-based system students can clear their doubts, both technical and non-technical, according to the institution.

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“The team is developing the analytical problem solving skill. It will be helpful for the students to learn how to solve analytical problems related to the course. Within next one year, we will extend it to biomedical signal processing, electrical machine courses, said Samarendra Dandapat, Professor, Department of EEE at IIT Guwahati. (IANS)