IIT Madras Invites Applications for Free Online Artificial Intelligence Course

IIT Madras has started to accept applications for a free online artificial intelligence course on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

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IIT Madras has begun accepting applications from interested candidates for a free artificial intelligence online course. The course, called “Artificial Intelligence Search Methods For Problem Solving” aims at providing learners with an understanding of a wide variety of search methods that agents can employ for problem-solving as an autonomous agent will have to behave in an intelligent manner for it to be able to solve problems.


The course can be completed in a period of 12 weeks, and is being offered on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform. NPTEL is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which is now the Ministry of Education, that has been initiated by IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee along with IISc Bangalore. The platform offers free online courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects.

What the IIT Madras for Free Online Artificial Intelligence Course Will Cover

The course, which is most relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students from the computer science and engineering, artificial intelligence, and data science backgrounds will start from introduction, and then go into various methods using which an entity can arrive at decisions that transform a given situation into a desired or goal situation. More details regarding the curriculum have already been published on Dataquest.


Important Dates of the IIT Madras for Free Online Artificial Intelligence Course

The course will begin on 26 July 2021 and will be conducted until 15 October 2021. Interested participants may enroll on the NPTEL platform until 2 August 2021. While taking the course is free, an in-person, proctored certification exam will be conducted on 23 October 2021, and participants can opt for the same by paying Rs 1000. A certificate with logos of IIT Madras and NPTEL will be provided through the participating institutions and industry.

How to Apply for IIT Madras for Free Online Artificial Intelligence Course?

Interested participants will have to apply on the NPTEL platform by logging into SWAYAM using their Facebook, Google, Microsoft or SWAYAM account. To create a SWAYAM account users will have to take the following steps:

  • Click on the Join button given on the course page.
  • Click on the sign-in option if users already have Facebook, Google, Microsoft or SWAYAM accounts, or use the Sign Up Now option to create an account with SWAYAM.
  • To create a SWAYAM account, learners will have to enter a username, password, email address and click on the Send verification code option.
  • The email address will then have to be verified using the verification code that is sent by SWAYAM to create their account. Interested learners can enroll by clicking “Join” icon provided in the following link: