Friday, January 12, 2024

IIITB’s Competitive Programming Course Witnesses Massive Student Enrollment

In a remarkable display of enthusiasm, 40% of the student population at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB) has registered for the institution's newly launched value-added course in competitive programming. The course inaugurated by IIITB alumni Aditya Paliwal and Simran Dokania, both prominent figures in the tech industry, aims to equip students with fundamental problem-solving skills crucial for excelling in technical interviews and becoming industry-ready.

Aditya Paliwal, Quantitative Researcher at Citadel Securities, and Simran Dokania, Staff Software Engineer at Rippling, demonstrated the significance of problem-solving skills in the face of rapid advancements in artificial intelligence technologies, such as OpenAI's ChatGPT. They showcased how even sophisticated AI solutions can falter, emphasizing the need for human problem-solving capabilities.

The course, led by renowned instructors Prof. V N Muralidhara and Prof. Vivek Yadav has garnered 550 registrations, making it the most popular course at IIIT Bangalore. Both instructors are distinguished in competitive programming and coached Aditya and Simran to represent India at the World Finals of the prestigious ICPC in 2017 and 2018.

Prof. V N Muralidhara, an expert in competitive programming, emphasized, "Mastering algorithms through competitive programming is a cornerstone for innovation. Competitive programming lays a robust technical groundwork essential for a thriving IT career."

On the practical aspects, Prof. Vivek Yadav noted, "Competitive programming teaches you to write more efficient code. Quick thinking in competitive programming translates to faster software development."

Aditya and Sirman shared their perspective, "Tackling complex problems in competitive programming prepares you for advanced AI technologies." This sentiment resonates with the mission of the course, providing students with the tools necessary to excel in the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence.

As the demand for skilled professionals in AI continues to rise, IIITB’s initiative to blend competitive programming with AI education proves to be a strategic move, ensuring that students are not only equipped with theoretical knowledge but also possess the practical problem-solving skills crucial for success in the industry.

About IIIT-Bangalore

IIIT-Bangalore is a premier institute focused on Post-Graduate IT education and research, located in the heart of Electronic City, Bangalore. IIIT-Bangalore is graded A+ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2022, IIIT-B has secured 74th ranking. The institute was ranked number 1 among India's Best Technical Universities (Private) by India Today. IIIT-Bangalore contains state-of-the-art infrastructure, eminently qualified faculty, a vibrant alumni community, cutting-edge research facilities, and close industry collaborations.

The institute’s specially designed courses make the students cognitive of the current technologies. Experiential learning and practices followed in the institute equip them with the tools and knowledge to solve contemporary real problems. IIIT-Bangalore has consistently achieved excellent placement records every year since its establishment in 1998, thanks to the unwavering support of the industry and the expanding pool of highly skilled alumni.

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