Cogitatum | The Takshashila Institution


Future of Artificial Intelligence in India

Course fees are Rs 999/- + 18% GST.

The course starts on August 11, 2018. Apply by August 10.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making headlines everyday, generating awe and fear in equal measures. But behind the news cycle lie important questions. What is AI? Are there any limits to its development? What are the ethical obligations that underpin progress in this field? Should AI be regulated and what stance should policymakers adopt if tasked with regulating AI?

These questions become more urgent when seen from an Indian perspective. What will be the impact of AI on the Indian economy? How can the power of AI be harnessed to ensure prosperity even as the country grapples with challenges such as a lack of jobs, limited capital flow, and healthcare crises?

The next Cogitatum on Future of Artificial Intelligence in India will address these questions. This four-part online lecture series is designed to help you dive deep into the complex world of AI and its policy implications for India. Over the course of the series, you will attend live webinars with experts, be exposed to comprehensive readings on the subject and brainstorm solutions with fellow participants.

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Series Schedule

The programme will be conducted online from August 11 until August 25, 2018.

Topics Covered

  • What AI can and cannot do? Saturday, 11 August, 9:00 am IST.
  • Where is India right now in terms of AI? Saturday, 18 August, 9:00 am IST.
  • What AI holds for Indian economy? Wednesday, 22 August, 8:00 pm IST.
  • What are the ethical considerations involved in the development of AI? Monday, 27 August, 8:00 pm IST.

Any changes in schedule will be informed in advance.


    • Saurabh Chandra, Tech Entrepreneur, Co-Founder - Ati Motors
    • Smriti Parsheera, Consultant National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)
    • Prashanth Prakash, Partner at Accel Partners
    • Elonnai Hickok, Chief Operating Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society
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About Cogitatum

The Cogitatum series of short courses on emerging issues and policies. Cogitatum courses help participants go beyond the news cycle and get to the heart of complex topics. It is a 2-4 week online series designed to provide a nuanced take on one ongoing policy issue. Participants dive deep into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

The Cogitatum series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The series creates an opportunity to start a conversation between smart minds and experts from across the world. In doing so, it helps create intelligent citizens, practitioners and policymakers. The previous Cogitatum programmes were on Understanding Xi Jinping's China: An Indian PerspectiveUnderstanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy, Unpacking India's Government Budgets and Tackling Epidemics in India.

Application Process

Admissions for the fourth Cogitatum on Future of Artificial Intelligence in India will be open till 10 August 2018. The course commences from 11 August 2018.

Students will be eligible for the certificate if they complete an online assignment at the end of series.


The fees for Cogitatum is ₹999 + 18% GST.
The fee covers expenses for accessing Takshashila Institution's Learning Management Suite which includes curated readings, in-house frameworks and webinars.

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If you have any queries regarding Cogitatum, please write to:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?

No, you do not have to attend all the webinars. We will provide recordings of the webinar after the live session. You will be eligible for the certificate only if you successfully complete the assignment at the end of the Cogitatum. This assignment will be in the form of a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) or an essay question. That said, we strongly insist that you do not skip any webinars in order to extract maximum value.

Is the Cogitatum just a set of webinars?

No, as a part of Cogitatum, you will also be added to a Flock Team where you can cogitate i.e. you can reflect, comment, and interact with the fellow students and faculty even after the webinars. All readings will also be posted here.
Once you have completed the admission process, you will get an e-mail with the details on how to access Flock.

Can this series be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic?

Yes, we have designed the Cogitatum such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can cogitate.

How will the series be taught?

The Cogitatum will be held completely online. The live webinars by our faculty will serve as pointers to help you explore more about the topic under discussion. At the end of the Cogitatum participants will have to complete an online assignment to be eligible for the certificate.

What happens after the webinars are over? 

You remain a part of the Flock Team and you can continue the discussions on the topic with the fellow students and the experts. You will also continue to have access to the readings shared on the topic.

Will I have access to any learning material?

Yes, you would be provided reading material after every webinar to help you dig deeper on the topic covered in the webinar. The reading material will mostly be in the form of one to two online readings like research papers, articles etc.

Whom do I contact with my doubts about the Cogitatum?

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We will get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your query.

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