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IIT Madras Opens Application For Online Data Science Program

IIT Madras Opens Application For Online Data Science Program: An early adopter of NEP 2020

IIT Madras Opens Application For Online Data Science Program: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is calling for applications for the next batch of the Online Data Science Program. This program launched in 2020 for the first-of-its-kind initiative.

Organization’s Name: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)

Press Release Date: CHENNAI, 9th August 2021

Educational Qualification:

Candidates who have qualified Class XII examination and studied English and Maths in Class X can apply online, regardless of their geographic location, academic background, and profession. The classes for the program will commence in September 2021.

The success of this Online Data Science Program can be gauged from the fact that it attracted learners from as many as 27 States and five Union Territories for the Foundation level, with participants ranging from students, bankers, engineers, researchers, managers, teachers, and CEOs, among others.

This program provides a unique opportunity to study from IIT Madras without having Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Candidates can pursue the Diploma in Programming and Data Science along with their on-campus courses.

Age Limit:

No Age Limits are required for this program.

As per the official notification, highlighting the unique aspects of this program, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Professor In-Charge, Data Science Program, IIT Madras, said, “One can build a career in Programming and Data Science through this Diploma from IIT Madras. The first batch is completing Foundation Level in August 2021 and Convocation is being planned.”

Further, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj said, “With this program, IIT Madras is delivering the highest quality learning opportunity to a very large number of learners, without compromising the rigor of the process. The combination of online classes and in-person invigilated exams accomplishes this. At each stage, students will have the freedom to exit from the program and receive a Certificate, Diploma or a Degree, from IIT Madras.”

Scholarships Opportunity 0f IIT Madras Opens Application For Online Data Science Program:

IIT Madras is also providing scholarships upto 75% of the course fee to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Further, Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan, Professor In-Charge, Data Science Program, IIT Madras, said, “Data science is becoming an effective tool in solving many real-world problems and is being increasingly adopted across industries to make informed business decisions. The specializations in Programming and Data Science were chosen since the concepts can be taught completely online, including hands-on practical learning.”

A total of 7,116 learners have joined the first batch of the foundation level after clearing the qualifier process. Candidates through regular entry can join the diploma level after completing the foundation level. At the diploma level, students can either do a Diploma in Programming or a Diploma in Data Science or both.

Sharing his feedback on taking this Data Science Program, Mr. Aman Tiwari, a Student from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, said, “Thanks to IIT Madras for coming up with this great program. This is not just an ordinary program, a ray of hope for so many students like me. We are getting the opportunity to learn the best from the best faculty and Professors of India. The structure of this program and the organisation of each and every activity is very smooth. There are lots of things like the student houses, clubs etc. that make this program exciting and unique.”

Mr. Dheeraj Kumar, a learner in the Foundation Level and an Assistant Manager at a Multinational bank said, “This is one of the best programs that I can find online. The structure of the program is very relevant as per the industry and the quality of the content is as good as the IIT on-campus program. This is also the cheapest program available given the quality of the content.”

Important Dates:

The last date to apply for the next batch of this Data Science Program is 30th August 2021. Interested students can apply through the website –

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IIT Madras Opens Application For Online Data Science Program: An early adopter of NEP 2020

As a part of the application process, all the applicants will go through a qualifier process, wherein IIT Madras provides four weeks of online training through video lectures, assignments, and live interactions with the course instructors. Upon completion of the online assignments, students are eligible to appear for the qualifier exam. Learners who clear the qualifier exam will be offered admission to the foundation level.


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