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PROGRAMMING & DATA SCIENCE

IIT Madras, India’s top technical institute, welcomes you to the world’s first online BSc Degree program in Programming and Data Science.

For the first time, you can work towards an undergraduate degree / diploma from an IIT regardless of your age or location, and with a wide range of academic backgrounds.

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Sample the First Week Content and Assignments!

As a sample, Week 1 content videos have been made available for the first four Foundational Level courses for you to try and learn from. We recommend you to check out these lectures and try the sample assignment we have put out for each course. Here are the links to Week 1 Content & Assignment Pages -

Timeline

Applications Closed - 15th September 2020
Qualifier Courses Start - 5th October 2020.
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Key Events

4th August - Round table discussion with Industry Experts and Interaction with the Course Instructors. View video
30th June - Launch of our Online Degree Program. View video
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IIT Madras is pioneering a completely online program to produce graduates who will be employable in the sector that presently has high demand - Programming and Data Science. The program uses an innovative combination of online learning and in-person assessment and is flexible and affordable. I believe the program will be a gamechanger in the field of education in India in the coming years and inspire other top-ranking institutions to launch many such online initiatives.

Who can join? 

No age or stream restrictions.

Can learn from anywhere. Note that the exam centres are currently restricted to India.

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What is being offered?

Diploma in Programming

Diploma in Data Science

BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science

Are these official Diplomas and Degree of IIT Madras?

Yes. IITM senate approves and offers the Diploma(s) and Degree.

Degree holders become alumni of IIT Madras.

What is the Qualifier Process? 

4 weeks of online courses and assignments to be completed.

Those who get minimum required scores in weekly assignments in the 4 weeks will get to write Qualifier Exam broadly based on the 4 weeks of content.

Those who get minimum required scores in Qualifier Exam get to register for Foundational Level courses.

What is the Structure of the Program? 

The program is split into three levels that have to be completed strictly in sequence:

1: Foundational Level (8 courses)

2: Diploma Level (6 Programming courses + 6 Data Science courses)

3: Degree Level (11 courses)


For more detailed information about the IITM Online Degree program, our courses and fee structure, check out the

World Class Faculty

World Class Faculty

Learn from carefully designed courses taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and other industry experts.

Curated Content

Flexible 

Our program is flexible with multiple entry and exit points for learners from different backgrounds with different aspirations.

Course Options

Course Support

Each course will have discussion forums with an active academic team to help in clearing doubts.

Overall Structure 

There are three levels in our Online Degree program and to get a BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science from IIT Madras, a learner has to successfully complete all three levels.

There is also the flexibility to exit at any level. Depending on the courses completed, the learner can receive Foundational Certificate from Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Madras or Diploma(s) from IIT Madras.

We are currently formulating a “Diploma Only Entry” option for those who are interested in doing only Diploma Level courses and exiting with one or both Diploma(s) from IIT Madras.

Total Courses: 31

116 credits, including 4 skill enhancement courses.

Completion time: 3 - 6 years

The time period for this is based on learner’s preferred pace and performance in assessments. Expected learner engagement will be approximately 10hrs/course/week.

Fees: Each term, pay only for courses you register for!

Refer Fee Structure.

Online Courses & Assignments

Duration of each course: 12 weeks - Each week comprising 2-3 hrs of videos and online assignment(s).

Quizzes and Exams

3 Quizzes and one End Term Exam for each course - in person and invigilated. Check out current Exam Cities.


Why learn Programming & Data Science? 

Decision making is increasingly becoming data driven within the commercial sector and the government. There is a large quantity of data readily available for this at present. Smart devices connected to the internet bring more input sources, apart from those generated by humans as they interact with services and one another. Data driven decision making involves the analysis of large volumes of data to identify patterns and build predictive models. This requires a combination of skills ranging from computing, statistics and mathematics, and is broadly labelled data science.

As formal academic programs in data science are only just emerging, there is a huge gap between the demand for data scientists and the supply of suitable qualified applicants in the job market. The throughput of traditional classroom programs is limited and will not be able to provide the numbers needed to meet the upcoming requirements. Online teaching has the potential to train much larger numbers, but delivering scale without diluting quality has proven to be a challenge until recently.

This program therefore aims to create a thoroughly trained programmer, proficient in application development, data sciences and machine learning. View Less


What do Industry Experts have to say about our Program

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Mr.Sandeep Alur

Director - Microsoft Technology Centre, India

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Mr.Varadharaj

V.P - Talent Acquisition, Infosys

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Dr.Kingshuk Banerjee

Partner - Cognitive Computing and Analytics, IBM Services

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Dr.Shankar Venugopal

V.P - Mahindra & Mahindra

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Dr.Manish Gupta

Director - Google Research India

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