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IIT Madras offers the world’s first BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science

IIT Madras offers the world’s first BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science

BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science is the first-ever online degree by an IIT which has democratized quality education by removing educational barriers.

Why Data Science?

Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors that is predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. Faculty from IIT Madras addressed the need of this sector using online education processes and presented an inclusive and affordable education model. It has extended IIT’s reach by orders of magnitude. This BSc program brightens up job prospects for students in a lucrative field, provides opportunities for students as well as working professionals to switch careers and provides an opportunity to get a degree from IIT Madras. 

Who can become part of the program?

  • The programme has provided an opportunity to study from IIT Madras without having to clear through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). 
  • Anyone who has cleared class 12 and has studied English and maths in class 10 can apply. 
  • Learners can do this program along with their on-campus course.

For more details about the eligibility criteria, please visit: https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in/admissions.html#AD4

Multiple entries and exit options for flexibility:

The BSc Program is offered in three different stages – Foundational Level, Diploma Level and Degree Level. In line with the NEP(National Education Policy), the course offers multiple entries and exit points. 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 out a form and pay a nominal fee of Rs. 3,000 for the qualifier exam. 

Simplified qualifier process for admission:

Learners will get access to the 4 weeks of the 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% (based on the categories)] the qualifier exam will be eligible to register for the foundational program. Since this program is offered in an online medium, students have the flexibility of self-paced learning which is beneficial for working professionals.

Tailor-made for the era: Hybrid model on par with on-campus degree

The courses are delivered through a comprehensive learning delivery model that competes with an in-classroom learning experience. It has a state-of-the-art online portal and learners from even remote parts of India joined in this program. The courses include lecture videos that explain the concept, followed by lecture-based activity questions, a practice assignment, and a graded assignment that reinforces problem-solving skills. There are live sessions with course instructors where questions from the learners are answered for every subject. 

Through the courses, the students would build fundamental knowledge and gain industry-relevant cutting edge skills required for a career in Programming and Data Science. The program hones students’ skills in managing data, visualizing patterns to gain managerial insights, model uncertainties and building models that assist in producing forecasts to make effective business decisions. Learners are also from non-engineering or non-computer science backgrounds. With this program, IIT Madras is delivering the highest quality learning opportunity to a very large number of learners, without compromising the rigour of the process. The combination of online classes and in-person invigilated exams accomplishes this.

On-going students to Industry Experts: IITM offers a unique learning experience

BSc in Programming in Data Science has been launched in 2020. We have received 60,000+ applications for the BSc qualifier process to date. Currently, 11,000+ students from all over the country from different states and union territories are currently pursuing the BSc program from IIT Madras. Out of which, 3,000+ students are currently in the Diploma level. Students from different age groups (from 18 to 60 and above) and different educational backgrounds (Commerce, Arts, Science, Engineering, Management, Medicine, Law, etc.) are pursuing this unique program in Programming & Data Science. 20% of our students are working professionals from different industry sectors. The diversity of our students brings in a unique blend of knowledge which is one of the highlights of the program

Breaking financial barriers for inclusivity: Fee waivers up to 75%

For students from disadvantaged backgrounds, IIT Madras is giving course fee waivers of up to 75%, making both BSc Degree and Diploma programs affordable for everyone.  Another built-in flexibility is the program’s pay as you go model. The fee paid every term based on the number of courses registered in that term, providing significant financial flexibility.  

For more information, please visit https://www.onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.