IIT Madras launches world's first online BSc degree in Programming and Data Science

The programme was launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD)Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre.

Chennai: "Even during this challenging time, when the nation is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and everyone is forced to be at home, the IITs have come together to innovate for the sake of the nation. Several innovations such as ventilators, masks and drones have come from the continuous research from the IITs," said Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank', the Union Minister of HRD while launching IIT-M's first India’s first online B.Sc. degree in Programming and Data Science on Tuesday.

He said he was confident that this educational initiative would help many students in India.

The programme is open to anyone who has passed Class 12, with English and Maths at the Class 10 level, and enrolled in any on-campus UG course. Even the current batch of students who are completing their Class 12 in 2020 are eligible to apply. Graduates and working professionals can also take up this programme.


There are no restrictions on age, discipline or geographic location.

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 upskill their employees can consider this option without loss of productive time on the job.

"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. With our rich experience in the online education space, we are well-equipped to handle scale and seamless delivery and provide an enriching and engaging experience to all students,” Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said.
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The programme will be delivered on a state-of-the-art online portal and will attract learners from even remote parts of India where outreach of digital literacy is minimal and will help them stay ahead in their career journeys, a statement from the institute said.

The program will have videos from the faculty, weekly assignments and in-person invigilated exams just like any other regular course. The program will hone students’ skills in managing data, visualizing patterns to gain managerial insights, model uncertainties and build models that assist in producing forecasts to make effective business decisions.

“In the world today, education is a continuous process. Students and professionals have to continue to upgrade their knowledge to stay competitive and work within the constraints of time and location. This has become even more challenging due to the prevailing COVID situation," said Sanjay Dhotre, Hon'ble Minister of State (HRD). "Data science and programming is a field of most significant growth for the industry and with this online degree opportunity in this important area, IIT Madras will be able to reach many more students.”

This online offering will be offered in three different stages - Foundational Programme, Diploma Programme and Degree Programme.
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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 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).
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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.
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