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In a revolutionary initiative to support on-the-job data science learning for candidates with no prior experience in the field, Univ.AI, a live online institution for AI and Data Science, has launched a first of its kind “hire-then-train” program, under its Data Science Leaders Program (DSLP) and Master in ML & AI Program.

Founding faculty include eminent educators in the field of Data Science, AI & ML – Dr. Rahul Dave, part of the original team for Harvard’s famous Data Science course, cs109, Dr. Pavlos Protopapas, who runs the Masters program in Data Science at Harvard University, Dr. Achuta Kadambi, Assistant Professor at UCLA where he runs the Visual Machines Group and Dr. Raghu Meka, Associate Professor of Computer Science at UCLA.

Univ.AI will be hiring and training applicants with a superior academic track record and/or exceptional performance at their workplace, under DSLP for its consulting arm. Shortlisted applicants will first get a job offer from Univ.AI, with gross compensation ranging from INR 15-35 LPA. They will then be trained to be Data Scientists by Harvard and UCLA faculty via a 10-month, part-time program on a full scholarship.

Application deadline is September 5, 2021 and the program begins September 19, 2021. Upto 10 candidates will be selected to be a part of the founding cohort of DSLP fellows. Fellows will be able to continue with their current academic program or full-time employment while they complete their training. Upon completion of training, they will join Univ.AI’s consulting arm and start working on state-of-the-art client projects as Machine Learning and Data Science consultants, in India and overseas.

According to a NASSCOM report, the talent demand-supply gap in Al and Big Data Analytics is expected to grow from 62,000 to 140,000 over the next 3 years. Currently the demand for highly-qualified, experienced, and technically-adept talent in these fields outstrips supply, stressing the importance of narrowing the demand-supply gap by upskilling talent. To this end, Univ.AI aims to support high achieving learners to become the world’s best AI Engineers and Data Scientists.

Notably, Univ.AI will operate a unique model consisting of an institution focused on upskilling talent with Data Science, AI, ML skills, while simultaneously building a consulting arm which will work with clients across multiple domains such as healthcare, insurance, travel and transport, energy, among others to solve complex real-world problems.

“The Master ML & AI is not your run-of-the-mill online course. It aims to re-create the learning experience of top global universities. All courses are LIVE and taught by professors from Harvard, UCLA and other top institutions. The amount of intervention candidates get during the course of this training through hands-on labs, project work, office hours, etc is unmatched even in the best institutions,” said Siddharth Das, the CEO and Co-founder of Univ.AI, and former CEO of Reliance’s payment business, Jio Money.

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