Free Online Course on Artificial Intelligence by UGC: Apply now

UGC has invited applications for a free online course on artificial intelligence on the SWAYAM platform. UGC recently announced that it is offering 78 undergraduate and 46 postgraduate non-engineering courses through its Inter-University Centre CEC in January 2021. The free online course can be taken by students, professionals, and anybody interested in learning on the provided topics. This particular free online course on artificial intelligence is being offered by GLS University.

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UGC is currently offering through its Inter-University Centre CEC a free online course on artificial intelligence on the SWAYAM platform

What is SWAYAM: SWAYAM is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.

Prof Bhushan Trivedi from GLS University will conduct the online course on introduction to artificial intelligence. He has a PhD, and is working as the Dean, Faculty of Computer Technology (FoCT)at GLS University. He has also acted as the dean zone-1 in Gujarat Technological University, Gujarat for MCA says the SWAYAM platform. Three of the professor’s books have also been published by Oxford University Press.

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What will be Taught in the Artificial Intelligence Course being Offered by UGC
The 15-week long course aims at equipping learners with the basic knowledge in artificial intelligence that is needed to understand big data with the use of analytics. The following topics will be covered under the course:

Introduction to AI and State space search
Introduction to unguided and guided search
Problems in search and solutions, Genetic algorithms
Neural Networks, BPNN, learning process in BPNN
Some other search methods and admissibility
Game Playing
Minimax and other game playing algorithms
Using predicate logic for Knowledge Representation
Resolution and non-monotonic reasoning
Strong methods for Knowledge Representation; Fuzzy logic and CD
Scripts and Introduction to Expert systems
Developing expert systems and Machine learning
Important Dates
The course will begin from 7 January 2021 onwards and ends on 30 April 2021. The course carries 5 credit points, and an examination will be conducted on 8 May 2021. Those who wish to know more about the online course on artificial intelligence and subsequently enroll for the same are advised to go through the official website for more information.

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Indian Railways mega recruitment drive, 1.4 lakh vacancies: Prepare Now

The Indian Railways, through its 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), is organising a mega recruitment drive in three phases starting from Tuesday for filling up about 1.4 lakh vacancies.


The Ministry of Railways, in a release dated December 11, 2020, stated that more than 2.44 crore candidates will be appearing in different cities across the country to participate in the recruitment drive.

According to the official release, the first phase of the exam will commence from December 15 till December 18, 2020, for isolated and ministerial categories. This will be followed by NTPC categories from December 28 to tentatively till March 2021 and the third recruitment for Level-1 from tentatively April 2020 onwards till June end, 2021.

RRBs have made extensive preparations for conducting examinations of this large scale in COVID-19 pandemic times following SOPs as laid down by the government ensuring social distancing, compulsory use of masks, sanitizers, curtailing shifts for conducting exams to only two shifts per day.




“Efforts are being made by RRBs to ensure that as far as possible the candidates are accommodated in their own State so that they can reach their exam centres by undertaking the overnight journey. Female and PWD candidates are accommodated within their home states. However, considering the skewed distribution of candidates area-wise, there will be unavoidable interstate movements. Railways will be running special exam trains to cater to the travel requirements of the candidates, wherever required and feasible. Chief Secretaries of concerned State Governments have also been requested to extend support of local administration to RRBs for conducting CBTs in secure and safe manner ensuring social distancing,” the Indian Railways said. (Source: Hindustan Times)



1004 Vacancies in RRC Recruitment: Apply directly now

RRC Apprentice Recruitment 2020: The Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) has invited online applications for the recruitment of apprentices in designated trades at Divisions/Workshops/Units of South Western Railway on its official website.


Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the positions online at on or before January 9, 2021.

The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 1004 vacancies, out of which, 287 vacancies are for the Hubballi division, 280 for Bengaluru division, 217 for Carriage Repair Workshop Hubballi, 177 for Mysuru division, and 43 for Central Workshop Mysuru.

Candidates belonging to the general/OBC category are required to pay an application fee of Rs 100, while SC/ST/PH/Women candidates are exempted from the payment of registration fee.


“The general candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 24 years of age as on the last date of notification,” reads the official notice.

For more details, candidates are advised to read the official notification.

Here’s the direct link to apply online.


Microsoft Offers Free Course in A I for Students: Apply now

Microsoft is currently accepting applications for Microsoft AI Classroom series, which is an initiative that has been launched in association with NASSCOM FutureSkills, supported by GitHub to skill up students and future developers on new technologies. As part of this initiative, school students are given free online course in artificial intelligence, data science, and machine learning through online Simu-live session. This program is open to students enrolled in Indian universities and who are residents of India.

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Microsoft AI Series is a three-hour session that will cover key topics to introduce students to artificial intelligence, data science, and machine learning topics with lab exercises. Each module will be introduced by an industry leader and subject matter expert. Students will also be allowed to ask questions through live chat during the session, 30 minutes have been dedicated to questioning and answers at the end of the session.

How to Register and Obtain Certificate for Microsoft Free Online Course in Artificial Intelligence

The Microsoft AI series, which was last held in September 2020, will on 14 December and will be conducted up to 18 December. The session will be repeated once every day for one week, and interested participants can register for any one of these days as per their convenience. However, applicants need to keep in mind that the number of seats is limited. Students will need to fill in the complete name of their college or institute along with their city, in the field name “Company name” on the registration form.


After the completion of the 3 and half hour session, students will receive an assessment link consisting of multiple-choice questions for knowledge check and to download the participation certificate. Participants will be given 20 minutes to answer 30 questions, and a score of 60% or more would be required to download the Microsoft AI workshop December 2020 participation certificate. Students will be given three attempts to clear the assessment, and the link for the same will be made live between 19 and 30 December. The certificate will be a joint certificate offered by Microsoft and NASSCOM FutureSkills. Those who wish to take the artificial intelligence online course are advised to go through the official website in detail. (Source: Dataquest)


Work remotely from Iceland for six months: If Qualify, Apply now

Iceland is one of the countries cautiously opening to travelers – and now, certain remote workers will be able to relocate to there for up to six months.

The Work in Iceland program previously allowed teleworkers to stay for 90 days, but the country believes that by making it easier for foreign nationals to work from Iceland, they add value, knowledge and connections in Iceland that support its innovative environment. The introduction of this visa means that the country has expanded its long-term visa program beyond the European Schengen area, and applies to any foreign national not required to have a visa to enter Iceland. Successful applicants must be permanently employed by foreign companies and meet supplemental health insurance requirements.

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Those who are granted it can bring their families with them without having to move their legal domicile to the country or obtain Icelandic ID numbers. According to the country’s justice minister, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Icelandic leaders believe that the new teleworkers will bring with them valuable experience and connections that will benefit Iceland on its path to economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In exchange, those staying on the underpopulated island will benefit from the country’s considerable assets. Click here to check your eligibility.


Iceland is a land of awe-inspiring natural landscapes, with its geysers, ice-covered volcanoes and glaciers. It has warm locals, a strong cultural life and literary legacy and it is also a great place to see the northern lights. It’s a good time to go and have a socially-distanced stay, because under normal circumstances, it can host more than six times its population each year. Further information on the Work in Iceland program is available. Click here to Check your eligibility. (Source: Lonelyplanet)


Indian Railways launches B. Tech, MBA, MSc programs: Details here

The courses under the National Rail & Transportation Institute (NRTI) will include two B. Tech UG Programmes, two MBA and three MSc Programmes on core applied sector. The course is offered by NATIONAL RAIL & TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE


NRTI, a vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is India’s first university focussed on transport-related education, multidisciplinary research and training. A Deemed to be University under the de Novo category and fully funded by the Government of India, NRTI is specifically established to create a resource pool of best-in-class professionals for the railway and transportation sector.

The Indian Railways has taken upon itself to train students in accordance with the needs of the Railways infrastructure. The government body has announced 7 academic programs aimed at creating best skills sets in Railway Infrastructure Management, Systems & Communication Engineering and Transportation cum Supply Chain Management.

The courses under the National Rail & Transportation Institute (NRTI) will include two B. Tech UG Programmes, two MBA and three MSc Programmes on core applied sector.

The two B. Tech Programs are focused on Rail Infrastructure, Rail Systems, and Communications Engg.

The MBA programs are focused at Transportation and Supply Chain Management. Railways, in a statement claimed that these programs are of highest priority in the coming years

The MSc Programs are focused on Systems Engineering.

Of this, the M.Sc Program on Systems Engineering and Integration is offered in association with the University of Birmingham, UK and is highly promising. The international exposure to the students will be unparalleled, according to the statement issued by the Ministry of Railways.

It also claims that these programs are highly inter-disciplinary and application-oriented and not being offered by any other Institute in India and thus, unique in its contents.


Speaking on the occasion, Shri V.K.Yadav, Chairman & CEO, Railway Board said, “NRTI has adopted an interdisciplinary approach for research of transport systems -it is bringing together academicians, scientists, and engineers from various backgrounds, and plans to leverage its academic and industry partnerships and collaborations. It intends to develop a set of core values—dedication to nation building, commitment to innovation and academic excellence, compassion towards people and society, and responsibility towards the environment. It offers project-based learning at Railway establishments. Indian Railways will be at the core of implementing the key features of the programs. It will serve as an experiential learning laboratory for the student community as well as the faculty development initiatives, thereby creating a distinct character for the University: through a highly experiential and application-based learning approach. The students passing out of these programs as tomorrow’s citizens could add great value in nation-building.”