CHENNAI: Now, students can study a four-year online degree BS in data science and applications at IIT-Madras as the institute upgraded its three year BSc degree from 2022-23 onwards.
It opens up many options for students as they can appear for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and pursue an M Tech in India, or apply for postgraduate degrees abroad.
IIT-Madras has introduced new subjects such as reinforcement in learning, data visualisation design, industry 4.0, algorithmic thinking in bioinformatics. As part of the BS level, students can do an 8-month apprenticeship or a project with companies or research institutes.
“Students who are currently in Class XII can also apply and secure admission to the programme. Admitted students will start the programme after successfully completing their Class XII. Students from any stream can enrol in the programme and it has no age limit,” a release from IIT- Madras said.
Currently, more than 13,000 students are enrolled in the BSc programme, with the maximum number of students from Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. In-person exams are conducted in 116 examination centres across 111 cities in India.
The last date to apply for the September 2022 term of this data science programme is August 19. Interested students can apply through the website – https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.
V Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras, said, “IIT Madras is happy to offer this well-designed, contemporary BS in data science and applications degree, which provides access to IIT quality education in an inclusive manner to learners across the country. Data Science is one of the emerging topics. This is a highly employment-oriented programme in a domain where the demand is high for skilled resources.”
IIT-Madras also facilitates internships and placements for the students who have completed the diploma level of the programme.
“As data science is a multidisciplinary domain, the BS degree from IIT-Madras is open for students from all streams. As content delivery is online and in-person exams are conducted on Sundays, this degree can also be pursued while attending an on campus degree or while working full-time,” said Andrew Thangaraj, professor in-charge, BS in data science and applications.
Admission to the BS degree programme does not require qualifying JEE. There will be a separate qualifying process, and 100% scholarships will be offered for students in financial need.