Certificate Programme in

Artificial Intelligence for Managers

Sindhu Gangadharan

SVP & MD, SAP Labs India & Head, SAP User Enablement

“At SAP, we believe in continuous learning and offer our colleagues immersive experiences for upskilling, reskilling and newskilling. In order to realize SAP’s vision to help the world run better and support our half a million customers in their journey to become intelligent and sustainable enterprises, it is imperative our workforce remains agile and constantly reinvents itself to fuel unfettered innovation. The AI for Managers programme, in partnership with IIM-B, is a step forward in this regard and is designed to upskill our managers in the fast evolving business landscape. The 16-month long programme focuses on action-oriented approach where SAP Managers will be empowered with the latest AI skills so they can leverage AI capabilities to solve the current problem statements. As we start with the AI for Managers programme, we are keen to expand this to our developer community, Product Owners and Product Managers in the near future to become an AI-first organization.

About Programme

AI for Managers is a 16-month long programme comprising 11 online modular courses stacked together based on the order of their sequence in a learning curve. It aims to make the knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and its components such as Statistical Learning, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning accessible to a large number of interested managers who aspire to become competent Decision Makers.

Program Objective

At the end of the programme the participants will be able to:


Recognize the emergence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as a competitive strategy.


Understand foundations of data science on which the AI models are built.


Learn descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and their applications in generating solutions for business problems.


Understand and apply machine learning algorithms such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning algorithms to solve problems across various functional areas of management.


Learn the functioning of artificial neural networks (ANN) and deep learning algorithms such as recurrent neural network (RNN) and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) with applications.


Demonstrate data visualization and storytelling through data.


Demonstrate hands-on experience with software such as Python, Microsoft Excel, R, SPSS and Tableau.


Apply AI techniques to solve problems in various sectors such as Aerospace, Banking financial services and insurance (BFSI), E-commerce, Manufacturing, Retail, Sports and Services.

Course Curriculum

Programme Duration: 16 Months

Course Length: Eleven courses comprising of 2 to 8 Modules

Foundations of Data Science

Start Date: 22 Apr 2022
End Date: 23 Jun 2022
No of Modules: 8 
Instructor: Professor U Dinesh Kumar

Data Preparation and Pre-processing

Start Date: 24 Jun 2022
End Date: 07 Jul 2022
No of Modules: 2 
Instructor: Sharada Sringeswara

Data Visualization and Story Telling

Start Date: 08 Jul 2022
End Date: 18 Aug 2022
No of Modules: 5 
Instructor: Sharada Sringeswara

Predictive Analytics

Start Date: 19 Aug 2022
End Date: 06 Oct 2022
No of Modules: 6 
Instructor: Professor Dinesh Kumar

Machine Learning with Business Applications

Start Date: 07 Oct 2022
End Date: 24 Nov 2022
No of Modules: 6
Instructor: Professor Dinesh Kumar

Machine Learning Using Python

Start Date: 25 Nov 2022
End Date: 26 Jan 2023
No of Modules: 8 
Instructor: Manaranjan Pradhan

Machine Learning Using R

Start Date: 25 Nov 2022
End Date: 26 Jan 2023
No of Modules: 8
Instructor: Kumar Rahul


Start Date: 27 Jan 2023
End Date: 16 Mar 2023
No of Modules: 6 
Instructor: Manaranjan Pradhan

Prescriptive Analytics

Start Date: 17 Mar 2023
End Date: 27 Apr 2023
No of Modules: 5
Instructor: Professor Rajluxmi V Murthy

Reinforcement Learning

Start Date: 28 Apr 2023
End Date: 08 Jun 2023
No of Modules: 6
Instructor: Professor Dinesh Kumar

Deep Learning and Artificial Neural Network

Start Date: 09 Jun 2023
End Date: 10 Aug 2023
No of Modules: 8
Instructor: Naveen Kumar Bhansali

Admission Criteria

The Programme follows a comprehensive admission procedure to ensure that the learners’ goals are oriented towards a challenging experience. Participants are carefully chosen through Profile Screening and Online Test.

Important Dates

Programme Commencement: 22nd April 2022

Program Highlights


Industry-relevant Curriculum

Experienced Instructors from Industry & Academia

Real-World Case Studies published by faculty at Harvard Business Publishing

Education from India’s Best Management School

Hands-on Learning Experience

Certificate from IIMB

State-of-the-art Pedagogical Tools


Peer2Peer Learning Forum


Class labs/ Home Assignment

Project Presentations

Evaluation, Grading policy and Certification

  • Evaluation will be done using end of week assessments.
  • Online tests for all courses except: Data Preparation and pre-processing
  • Elective Grading: Flexibility to choose between ML using R or ML using Python for certification.
  • To earn a programme completion certificate, participants are expected to score 60% and above in all the 9 individual courses.

Meet the Instructors

Professor U Dinesh Kumar

Professor U Dinesh Kumar

Decision Sciences and Chair of Excellence

Professor Rajluxmi V Murthy

Professor Rajluxmi V Murthy

Decision Sciences

Kumar Rahul

Kumar Rahul

Alumnus of IIMB and Research Scholar of IIMK

Manaranjan Pradhan

Manaranjan Pradhan

Alumnus of IIMB and Authored a Book on Python

Naveen Kumar Bhansali

Naveen Kumar Bhansali

Adjunct faculty and alumnus of IIM Bangalore

Sharada Sringeswara

Sharada Sringeswara

IIM Bangalore and BITS Pilani alumni

Contact Us

+91 9560433863


Indian Institute of Management,
Bannerghatta Main Rd,
Karnataka – 560076




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