The programme was launched by Ramesh Pokhriyal, union minister of HRD, within the presence of Sanjay Dhotre, minister of state for HRD, Communications and Electronics and IT, together with Pawan Kumar Goenka, chairperson, Board of Governors, Director and the college of the Institute. Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairperson of AICTE was additionally a part of the launch.
This on-line programme removes all obstacles of age, self-discipline or geographic location and gives entry to a world-class curriculum in knowledge science which is in large demand for expert professionals. Knowledge Science is among the quickest rising sectors that’s predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. On-line training is a development being quickly embraced for top of the range training on a big scale. School from IIT-M are addressing the necessity of this sector utilizing on-line training processes and current an inclusive and reasonably priced training mannequin that may lengthen IIT’s attain by orders of magnitude.
Pokhriyal, stated: “Congratulations to the group of IIT Madras for the launch of the world’s first-ever on-line BSc diploma programme in Knowledge Science and Programming. This establishment has a wealthy historical past of steady innovation and success and its emergence as rank 1 within the NIRF rankings persistently underscores the group’s expertise, mission and imaginative and prescient. Evaluation reveals that yearly 7 to 7.5 lakh Indian college students go overseas in quest of higher training and our expertise in addition to our income goes exterior the nation. Establishments comparable to IIT Madras have the imaginative and prescient and mission to assist the nation transfer ahead on its path to self-reliance by bringing such high quality training and distinctive programs proper right here in India. Even throughout this difficult time, when the nation is preventing the COVID-19 pandemic and everyone seems to be compelled to be at house, the IITs have come collectively to innovate for the sake of the nation. A number of improvements comparable to ventilators, masks and drones have come from the continual analysis from the IITs. This academic initiative will assist many college students in India.”
College students who’re at the moment enrolled in a distinct on-campus programme anyplace in India can pursue this diploma program while not having to modify careers or programs. Even employers who wish to upskill their staff can take into account this selection with out lack of productive time on the job. The World Financial Discussion board predicts that by 2022, knowledge analyst and scientist would be the primary rising job function on this planet. This system brightens up job prospects for college students in a profitable discipline, gives alternative for working professionals to modify careers and in addition gives learners a chance to get a level from a acknowledged establishment comparable to IIT Madras.
Dhotre, stated: “On the planet in the present day, training is a steady course of. College students and professionals should proceed to improve their information to remain aggressive and work inside the constraints of time and site. This has turn out to be much more difficult as a result of prevailing COVID scenario. This initiative which is able to attain hundreds of thousands of scholars throughout India. Knowledge science and programming is a discipline of most important development for the trade and with this on-line diploma alternative on this necessary space, IIT Madras will have the ability to attain many extra college students. This course will attain a variety of learners because it gives a number of entry and exit factors and serves as a priceless contribution to the nation.”
Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT-Madras stated: “We’re delighted to supply a program that may make high quality training inclusive and deal with a urgent want in in the present day’s difficult greater training atmosphere. This programme not solely embraces the development of shifting training on-line but additionally gives a platform to create expert and employable ladies and men in a data-driven world. With our wealthy expertise within the on-line training area, we’re well-equipped to deal with scale and seamless supply and supply an enriching and fascinating expertise to all college students. Our fixed endeavour to supply the very best to our college students mixed with our dedication to excellence has helped us regularly emerge # 1 within the NIRF rankings.”
The programme might be delivered on a state-of-the-art on-line portal and can entice learners from even distant elements of India the place outreach of digital literacy is minimal and can assist them keep forward of their profession journeys. To make sure that the web studying platform is closest to a classroom studying expertise, this system could have movies from the college, weekly assignments and in-person invigilated exams similar to some other common course. The programme will hone college students’ abilities in managing knowledge, visualizing patterns to realize managerial insights, mannequin uncertainties and construct fashions that help in producing forecasts to make efficient enterprise choices.
This programme might be provided in three completely different levels – foundational programme, diploma programme and diploma programme. At every stage, college students could have the liberty to exit from this system and obtain a certificates, diploma or a level, respectively, from IIT-M. Based mostly on the eligibility, candidates must fill a kind and pay a nominal charge of Rs 3,000 for the qualifier examination. Learners will get entry to the 4 weeks in fact content material of 4 topics (arithmetic, English, statistics and computational pondering). These college students will undergo the course lectures on-line, submit on-line assignments and write an in-person qualifier examination on the finish of 4 weeks. In distinction to the everyday admission processes of IITs that are constrained as a result of restricted variety of in-campus seats, on this programme all college students who clear (with an general rating of 50%) the qualifier examination might be eligible to register for the foundational programme.