Chennai- Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), ranked No.1 in India Rankings 2020 by NIRF, today announced the launch of India’s first online B.Sc. degree in Programming and Data Science. The programme is open to anyone who has passed Class XII, with English and Maths at the Class X level, and enrolled in any on-campus UG course. Even the current batch of students who are completing their Class XII in 2020 are eligible to apply. Graduates and working professionals can also take up this programme. This unique offering removes all barriers of age, discipline or geographic location and provides access to a world-class curriculum in data science which is in huge demand for skilled professionals. The programme was launched today in the august presence of Shri. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hon’ble Union Minister of HRD, Govt. of India and Shri. Sanjay Dhotre, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics and IT, Govt. of India along with Dr. Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman, Board of Governors, Director and the faculty of the Institute. Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE was also part of this historic launch.
This unique online offering will be offered in three different stages – Foundational Programme, Diploma Programme and Degree Programme. At each stage, students will have the freedom to exit from the program and receive a Certificate, Diploma or a Degree, respectively, from IIT Madras. Based on the eligibility, interested candidates will have to fill a form and pay a nominal fee of Rs. 3,000 for the qualifier exam. Learners will get access to the 4 weeks of course content of 4 subjects (Mathematics, English, Statistics and Computational Thinking). These students will go through the course lectures online, submit online assignments and write an in-person qualifier exam at the end of 4 weeks. In contrast to the typical admission processes of IITs which are constrained due to the limited number of in-campus seats, in this programme all students who clear (with an overall score of 50%) the qualifier exam will be eligible to register for the foundational program. For more details about the programme, please log on to www.onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.
Congratulating IIT Madras on the launch, Shri. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hon’ble Union Minister of HRD, Govt. of India, said, “Institutions such as IIT Madras have the vision and mission to help the nation move forward on its path to self-reliance by bringing such quality education and unique courses right here in India. I am confident that this educational initiative will help many students in India.” Congratulating the IIT Madras team on the launch of the program, Shri. Sanjay Dhotre, Hon’ble Minister of State (HRD), said, “I am confident that this course will reach a diversity of learners as it provides multiple entry and exit points and serves as a priceless contribution to the nation.” Speaking at the launch, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “This programme not only embraces the trend of moving education online but also provides a platform to create skilled and employable women and men in a data-driven world.”