World’s first online degree, diploma courses launched by IIT Madras

IIT Madras has launched the world’s first ever online degree and diploma courses in programming and date science. 12th examination passed candidates can enrol in the online course. Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday launched the programme through a webinar.

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The programme has been prepared and offered by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), which is ranked No.1 in India Rankings 2020 by NIRF.

The program will have videos from the faculty, weekly assignments and in-person invigilated exams just like any other regular course.

This programme is open to anyone who has passed Class 12th, with English and Maths at the Class 10th level, and enrolled in any on-campus UG course. The current batch of students who are completing their Class 12th in 2020 are eligible to apply.

Graduates and working professionals can also take up this programme.

Data Science is one of the fastest growing sectors that is predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026.

The Foundational Level courses allow for interested applicants with a variety of educational backgrounds to learn the basics (Math, Statistics, Computational Thinking, Python programming and English) which help them take up the Diploma Level and then the Degree Level courses.

The Diploma Only Entry is primarily aimed at working professionals or learners who already possess the fundamentals taught in Foundational Level courses and wish to exit with one or two Diplomas (Diploma in Programming AND/OR Diploma in Data Science) from IIT Madras.

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