IIT-Madras launches an online diploma, B.Sc in programming and data science. The program was launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD)Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre. Students wishing to join the course can do so at the website, onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in. The applications will be open shortly and the closing date is September 15. The program will be delivered through state of the art online portal.
Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the world’s Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science. The program has been prepared by the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) and is available to any student from any discipline. The course is open to anyone who has passed class XII, with English and maths in class X and enrolled in any on campus UG course.
Graduates and working professionals can also apply and take up the program. HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal speaking at the launch said that the program, which is a unique offering, removes all barriers to quality education such as age, discipline and geographical location.
Ramesh Pokhriyal added that the students who are currently enrolled in a different on-campus program anywhere in India can pursue this degree program without needing to switch careers or courses. Even employers who want to up skill their employees can consider this option without a loss of productive time on the job. He further said that the program brightens up job prospects for students in a lucrative field, provides opportunities for working professionals to switch careers and also provides learners an opportunity to get a degree from a recognized institution such as IIT Madras.
Students can exit with a certificate after completing a foundation-level course and after a year, one can get a diploma, and on completing three years, a degree will be awarded. The course is divided into six semesters. The course curriculum, claims the IIT, is designed with help from the industry. The first-year students will learn the basics of programming and data science. while in the diploma year skill courses, and application of these courses will be taught and in the final stage students will learn about specializations. By the end of the three years, a BSc degree will be offered. The program will have videos from the faculty, weekly assignments, and in-person invigilated exams. Based on eligibility, interested candidates will have to fill a form and pay a fee of Rs 3,000 for the qualifier exam.
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