Bengaluru : BMS College of Engineering (BMCSE) and BMS Institute of Technology and Management (BMSIT&M), managed by BMS Educational Trust, one of the highest-ranking Engineering colleges in Karnataka, has set up its first of its kind Department of Machine Learning and Karnataka’s first BS Narayan Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The center was inaugurated in the presence of the Chief guest – Dr. Devesh Vatsa, Air Vice Marshal, Awardee of Vishishta SEVA Medal, Commandant, Software Development Institute, Indian Air Force, Bengaluru, Presided by Sri Aviram Sharma, Chairman, BMSIT&M and Trustee, BMSET Guest of Honor – Prof. S Sadagopan, Chairman BoG, IIITDM – Kancheepuram & Prof. Pradip K Das, Professor, Dept of CSE, IIT Guwahati, Assam, along with dignitaries including Dr. B S Ragini Narayan, Donor Trustee & Member Secretary, BMS Educational Trust, Dr. P Dayananda Pai, Chairman, BMSCE & Life Trustee, BMS Educational Trust, Sri Gautham V Kalathur, Chief Technical Officer, BMSET.
The Department of Machine Learning, BMSCE poised to be the youngest branch in the 75+ years old Engineering college, will focus on teaching and research in the domains of Deep Learning, Data Mining, Big Data and Natural Language Processing. This self-contained department comprises of all necessary facilities that every student need including well-furnished and ventilated, centrally air-conditioned, state-of-the-art classrooms affixed with SENSES smartboards with all educational software.
The B S Narayan Center of Excellence (CoE) in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning established by BMSET, with an investment of INR 2.5 cr will provide platform incubation support & AI-based entrepreneurship and will foster dynamic industry-academic synergy for AI adoption, impactful projects with industry & government. The CoE will have an independent NVIDIA DGX A100 Server – the first in any engineering college in Karnataka. The NVIDIA DGX A100 Server is the world’s first purpose-built system for deep learning and accelerated analytics that can deliver performances of 56 instances in parallel without any deterioration. It is configured with fully integrated hardware, Deep Learning software and development tools. With third generation NVIDIA Tensor Cores that provides a huge performance boost, this A100 GPU can efficiently scale up to the thousands or, with Multi-Instance GPU, be allocated as seven smaller, dedicated instances to accelerate workloads of all sizes.
The Department of Machine Learning, BMSCE also launched the Dept. Students’ Club & ACM Students’ Chapter, an initiative to unite the computing fraternity of BMSCE under one platform.
Candidates with valid 2nd PUC/12th Std/Diploma or Equivalent Examination qualifications and appropriate ranking in the KCET/COMEDK/DCET competitive examination rankings are eligible for admission in the Department of Machine Learning at BMSCE.
Delighted on the establishment of the Department and CoE on AI and ML, Sri Aviram Sharma, Chairman, BMSIT&M & Trustee said, “I am delighted that at BMSCE, we have successfully set up the Department of Machine Learning and Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning which is Karnataka’s first of its kind. Undoubtedly, both these establishments will create an ecosystem of building a community of using the digital data for better and future applications, and to help the students learn to utilize their knowledge for upgrading the data-driven world.”
Sharing his thoughts, Dr Devesh Vatsa, Air Vice Marshal, Awardee of Vishishta SEVA Medal, Commandant, Software Development Institute, Indian Air Force, Bengaluru, said, “It is difficult to imagine our world without being driven and governed by data today. Be it businesses, economy or our day-to-day lives, data-driven decisions help us make or break our paths. With AI and ML playing significant roles in all fields of life, setting up these departments with advanced technological infrastructure have set the right fundamentals to nurture the students to build a successful career in these fields.”
Prof. S Sadagopan Chairman BoG, IIITDM – Kancheepuram said: “The Department of Machine Learning and CoE in AI & ML has been established with the purpose of building a successful and impactful career in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for students. The BMSET always strive to provide quality education, scientifically augmented infrastructure and the latest technologies that can enhance the learning process for students in a fruitful manner. Setting up NVDIA DGX A100 Server in the Center of Excellence in AI & ML at BMSCE will help provide in-depth training and implementation of Machine Learning algorithms in turn which encourages the students to research in the fields of Deep Learning, Data Mining, Big Data and Natural Language processing – skills that are essential today for students in this competitive world. This is only the first step, and I am sure, they will have many more of these specialized programs set up in their institution in future.”
Prof. Pradip K Das, Dept of CSE, IIT Guwahati, Assam Said: “Today, the need of the hour is proper utilization of the multitude of data available around us. And to do so, it is important to get adequately trained in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning supported by latest technologies in the workspaces and labs, and by the relevant experts. With the establishment of Department in Machine Learning at BMSCE and CoE in AI & ML by BMSET has initiated the process and have a long way to go to ensure that students learn to utilize data to build a secured and better future for all of us.”