Professional Certificate Programme in AI & ML for Business Excellence IIM Kozhikode

Seeking to gain professional skills in the upcoming field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)? IIM Kozhikode has launched a Professional Certificate Programme in AL & ML for graduates and diploma holders. Learn in this article the eligibility criteria, application process and details about this online program.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are these days one of the emerging technologies that are making waves in the tech field all across the world. Both of these technologies are transforming businesses and industries alike. They are helping businesses in analyzing big data, spotting patterns and helping with real-time smart data-driven decision making. They are helping in cutting costs, thus making businesses profitable and making them future-ready. The filed of AI & ML is finding increasing applications in domains such as Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Sales, , Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Both the field of AI and ML are seeing increased funding from research institutions and industries. Many educational institutions these days, including the IITs and the IIMs, are offering courses on AI and ML at various levels. It is expected that in the years to come, perhaps by 2025 itself, both artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to be an integral part of our day-to-day life whether at home or office. As such, the Professional Certificate Programme in AI & ML for Business Excellence being offered by IIM Kozhikode is going to be beneficial to a whole gamut of working people.

Program Mode and Duration

The Professional Certificate Programme in AI & ML for Business Excellence will be held through live online classes. The duration of the program is 10 months. The program is being delivered in collaboration with Eruditus Executive Education, an organisation that specializes in delivering such online executive programs. During the entire 10 months, there will be periodic assessments to monitor the progress of the students. This will be through quizzes, case studies, capstone projects, etc. The participants would have to maintain an attendance of at least 75%. Also, the participants will have to secure the minimum pass marks for each evaluation component. The program is divided into four modules as given below.

  1. Module 1: Technology Overview and Fundamentals
  2. Module 2: Unboxing ML and its Applications
  3. Module 3: Unboxing AI and its Applications
  4. Module 4: AI and ML for Business Excellence

Module 1 will introduce you to the various technologies and applications in AI & ML. You will also learn about the tools & platforms and learn about the importance of data. Module 2 and 3 are more about learning the respective applications of AI & ML. In module 4, you get to manage AI & ML projects, create strategies and learn about the legal and ethical issues associated with such technologies.

System Requirements for the live online classes

Since the online classes will be held live, following are the systems required:
  • PC/ Laptop with built in speakers and microphone or with USB plug-in/ wireless Bluetooth facility.
  • Built-in webcam or with USB plug-in facility
  • Windows 8/ MacOS 10.7 or higher version operating system
  • At least 4 GB RAM
  • Internet connection with at least 3 Mbps upload/ download speed
  • Browser – either of Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+ or IE 11+
  • Zoom software client

The live online classes could be attended by using a smart phone or tablet, in case they support the zoom software. However, PCs/ Laptops are recommended.

Benefits of joining the program

There are many takeaways from the program as given below.
The students get exposed to the latest tools, techniques and algorithms that help in tackling real-world business challenges. They get to understand how AI & ML can be made to work for a data-driven organisation. You get to learn designing and implementing AI & ML projects.

AI & ML are quite beneficial to many of the businesses. They help in automating business processes, thus making them more efficient. They help in speeding up the decision-making process and cut short the time for completing complex tasks. The best thing is that human intervention is reduced to the bare minimum.

Who all can benefit from this program

As given in the IIM Kozhikode website, some of the professionals who can benefit from this program on AI and ML are:

  • Managers at the mid and senior level who want to drive up their team to greater efficiency and customer satisfaction.

  • Professionals who are seeking to move up the business ladder in roles such as data/ business analyst and to be able to handle AI & ML projects.

  • Business heads who are seeking to drive their business to greater heights by integrating AI and ML in their corporate strategies.

  • The program is of immense value for consultants who can improve upon their client management by making use of AI & ML.

  • Even entrepreneurs can benefit a lot by utilizing AI & ML for the growth of their business and making it more efficient and customer friendly.

Apart from the above, there are numerous other benefits of pursuing this certification program. Anyone who wants to gain skills in AI & ML can take up this program. The programme is quite helpful in building strategic thinking and decision-making ability that go a long way in managing a business.

Eligibility Criteria

The criteria essential for joining this program on AI & ML are:

  • Graduates or diploma holders from any discipline can apply for this program.
  • The qualification should be of (10+2+3) pattern and the degree/ diploma should be from a recognized university or institution.
  • Aspiring candidates should have at least one year of work experience as on January 30, 2021.

Selection Process

The selection for the program will be based on first come first serve basis and fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Important Datelines

Program to start on – March 28, 2021
Academic orientation – April 04, 2021
Application Dates (Last dates):
  • Round 1 – January 25, 2021
  • Round 2 – February 22, 2021
  • Round 3 – March 18, 2021

Application fees

Round 1 – INR 1,500
Round 2 – INR 2,000
Round 3 – INR 2,500
The above amounts are excluding the GST, which has to be paid along with the application fee.

How to apply

The program is to be applied online by visiting the programmes page given at the website of IIM Kozhikode. Before logging to the online application portal, the candidates will have to first register themselves by providing their email ID and mobile number. The details of the program are given in the programme brochure that is available at the IIMK website.

Programme Fee: INR 1,65,000 + GST

Documents to be submitted

  • Diploma/ Degree certificate
  • Mark sheets for all semesters
  • A photo ID proof like PAN Card/ Aadhaar Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ etc.
  • Salary Slip or Bonafide Certificate from present employer on a company letterhead
  • Relieving letters related to past work experience

Installment scheme

There is a provision for the programme fee to be paid in installments as given below.
  • Booking amount (to be paid within 7 days of selection) – INR 25,000 + GST
  • 1st installment (to be paid by April 01, 2021) – INR 45,000 + GST
  • 2nd installment (to be paid by July 01, 2021) – INR 50,000 + GST
  • 3rd installment (to be paid by Oct 01, 2021) – INR 45,000 + GST

Students are also provided with loan facility.

Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of the entire program, a completion certificate will be issued by IIM Kozhikode. The participants should have completed all evaluation components and attained a minimum attendance of 75%. Those not able to complete all the evaluation components but having at least 75% attendance will be issued with a participation certificate.

Apart from the certificate, just like on-campus students, successful participants will be eligible for the prestigious IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni status.

For enquiries

Contact IIM Kozhikode at
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode,
IIMK Campus P.O., Kozhikode,
Kerala, India – 673570

Phone: +91 495 2809100, Fax: +91 495 2803010-11
Website IIM Kozhikode:

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