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IIT-M opens doors for Class XII students outside maths group for online BS data science programme

IIT-M opens doors for Class XII students outside maths group for online BS data science programme

IIT Madras has expanded its eligibility criteria for their online BS degree data science and applications programme, allowing Class XII students who studied subjects other than math to apply. The institute has called for applications from students for its BS data science and applications, electronic systems programmes for 2024-25 academic year.

Professor Vignesh Muthuvijayan, in-charge of the data science programme, said, “Students don’t need to have math, physics, and chemistry in their Class XII. They just need to have studied math in Class X.”

Students who have completed their Class XI exams are also eligible to apply. Successful applicants can enroll in the programme upon completing Class XII.

“Last year, we received 40,000 applications, and many students are expressing interest in joining this programme,” Professor Muthuvijayan said.

However, for the BS electronic systems programme, students must have studied math as a subject in Class XII. The institute also conducted physical lab sessions for these students at IIT Madras, with around 8,000 students participating in these practical sessions in Dec and Jan.

The deadline to apply is May 26, and students can submit their applications through the website — https://study.iitm.ac.in/ds and https://study.iitm.ac.in/es.

The programme offer two paths for interested candidates to enter. Students can join the programme through a self-contained qualifier process without taking the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Alternatively, direct admission is available for candidates who have qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2023 or 2024.

The institute emphasises that it offers up to 75% scholarships to learners from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

“As data continues to grow in importance, the demand for skilled data scientists is expected to remain high,” professor Muthuvijayan said.


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