Coursera’s analysis also revealed a strong demand for stackable career credentials and career-relevant programmes like professional certificates, which prepare learners for high-demand jobs in less than a year.

With rapidly evolving technologies, the shelf life for AI is now just 12 months, compared with five years earlier, and keeping up with the times is vital. “In India, we have observed more and more executives and C-suite officials enrolling in AI courses over the last year, realising its significant impact on business,” said Raghav Gupta, managing director for India and APAC at Coursera.

2019’s list of India’s most popular specialisations and professional certificates featured Python for Everybody by the University of Michigan, Deep Learning by, and the IBM Data Science Professional Certificate at the top of the list.

“With the growing relevance of new age skills needed to keep pace with the changing workplace, employers are acknowledging the importance of stackable credentials,” Gupta said.

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