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IIT Madras students can pursue an entire semester in foreign universities. Here’s how

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) students have the option of studying an entire semester in a foreign university. The courses that the students pursue in those foreign universities, IIT Madras will transfer them to their curriculum in the institute. IITM has signed MoUs with over 400 institutes across the globe in more than 50 countries including the United States, Germany, Indonesia and so on where the students can opt to pursue a semester.

Apart from this, at IITM, students have the freedom to choose nearly 50 per cent of the courses that they will be studying, with only a few restrictions. Out of the electives, students are free to choose about eight courses (called Free Electives) from any of the 16 departments of IIT Madras as well as other approved institutions. The students can get 72 credits from pursuing courses as diverse as History of India, Psychology and Economics to Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning.

If a student chooses four such courses in one contiguous area, they will be conferred a minor in that field. For example, if a student chooses four courses in Economics, IIT Madras will confer a minor in Economics to that student. There is a large number of minor courses being offered by IIT Madras. The detailed curriculum and syllabi for each program can be found here: https://www.iitm.ac.in/academics/academic-curricula. Highlighting the salient points of the academic programmes of IITM, Professor V Jagadeesh Kumar, Dean, said, “I do not think any other IITs offers the Academic flexibility being provided to students by IIT Madras. Students can have fun and earn credits too.” Elaborating on this he added, “For example, if a student is interested in building things and builds a robot, the student can avail credits for the same. Students can earn as much as 36 credits in all departments, with certain departments even offering up to 48 credits for such activities. This is not part of a class but something is done for fun and if it clicks, it can be converted to credits under the IIT Madras System.”