Prof. Shikha Aggarwal & Dr. Indraneel Mandal, Faculty of Department of Management, attended Webinar on "AI skills: what colleges are not focusing on" organized by NASSCOM on May 8, 2020.

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Friday, May 8, 2020
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As more industries look to Artificial Intelligence to give them an advantage and improve process efficiencies, the demand for corresponding talent will grow to a point where some black-box understanding of AI, and its capabilities, will become a basic expectation from all professionals. The guest speaker for the session was Mr. Prashnat Shukla, MD- Udemy (India & South Asia) who over his career spanning two decades have performed various successful leadership roles in marketing, sales, product management and software development in US and India. He is, currently, the Managing Director for Udemy business for India and South Asia. Udemy, a San Francisco based company, is one of largest and most popular Online learning system offering 100,000 courses from leading experts in tech courses and soft skills courses to 37 million users worldwide through its online portal at

Mr. Prashant Shukla, MD- Udemy (India and South Asia), talked about and addressed the concern of our existential educational framework and whether it serves the capabilities for upcoming disruptions as result of the global pandemic. He discussed various initiatives including Atal Innovation Mission’s AI Base Module for schools, developed in partnership with NASSCOM which does look appealing nevertheless. But are there certain dead spots that the education sector is missing? Further discussion happened about how to find out these gaps, and how colleges need to tackle the problem. Mr. Prashant Shukla, strongly feels that Indian education curriculum of many of the professional and technical courses needs a thoughtful reconsideration in order to incorporate the future needs of the global market. The session was very inspiring and insightful.