The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras — the best Indian institute in India, as per the NIRF ranking — has launched an online diploma and BSc programme in data science and programming. The course will be imparted online while its assessment including the exams will be done in an offline mode. The course has no age limit and students who have passed class 12 can also take it up.
Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras said that through these courses, the institute aims to reach a larger number of students. The course comes with multiple entries and exit points. Students can get a certificate, diploma, and degree based on when they exit the course. After completing class 12, students will have to pursue a foundation course while those who have a college-level degree can directly enroll at the diploma level.
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 specialisations. 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.
Learners will get access to the four weeks of the course content of four 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 four weeks. In this programme all students who clear the test with an overall score of 50 per cent will be eligible to register for the foundational program.
Those who get minimum required scores in weekly assignments in the four weeks will get to write the qualifier exam. Those who get minimum required scores in the qualifier exam get to register for the foundational level courses, as per the rules.
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The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, while launching, said that it is the first-ever entirely online degree programme and said that he dedicates this to all the students of India. He commented that the country was in need of such a course. He said that students who graduate from IITs are leading India by heading the top-notch companies today.
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 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 undergraduate 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.
UGC has recently passed an order allowing students to pursue online or distance mode degree along with a full-fledged degree course, thus, students who are enrolled in degree courses can also apply.
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