BITS Pilani, Coursera launch first online BSc in Computer Science programme

Class 12 pass students can apply for BSc in Computer Science on Last date to apply is November 15.

Betty Vandenbosch, Coursera and Professor G Sundar, BITS Pilani launching the first online BSc in Computer ScienceBetty Vandenbosch, Coursera and Professor G Sundar, BITS Pilani launching the first online BSc in Computer Science

Vagisha Kaushik | September 12, 2022 | 02:58 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani has collaborated with Coursera, to launch an online Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science. Eligible and interested students can apply for the first cohort on Classes will begin in November 2022. The last date to register is November 15.

Eligibility Criteria

The degree requires no entrance exam and is open to students from diverse profiles, including those without a science or significant mathematics background. Anyone with a class 12 or its equivalent qualifications can apply.


Students can take up to six years to complete this three-year BSc in Computer Science degree. This will enable flexibility for learners to pursue the programme while working or along with pursuing any other degree programme. The programme also features an intermediate exit option of a diploma, which students can earn in about two years.

Career preparation, alumni network

The programme will offer periodic live sessions so that students can connect with BITS Pilani’s faculty and peers in real-time. Learners will be able to access career services, including CV reviews and job-interview preparations, when required. Upon graduation, students will gain access to the institute’s alumni network.

The programme includes a job-relevant curriculum, designed with inputs from various industry partners which will empower learners to develop advanced skills in software development, data analysis, and core systems, besides leadership and soft skills.

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The computer science degree will prepare graduates for various in-demand entry-level job roles such as application and system software developer, computer programmer, and data analyst.

Professor G Sundar, Director, Off Campus Programmes and Industry Engagement, BITS Pilani said, “Our collaboration with Coursera gives us the platform to help ensure that our aspirational degree programmes are readily accessible to a large and diverse audience, irrespective of locational or other constraints.”

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“This collaboration will enable BITS Pilani to help address the need for equitable growth of the pool of technology talent across the country and the globe. This also empowers learners with knowledge and skills, which are highly valued by the IT industry, and serves to provide Indian institutions as major providers of high quality education, internationally as well," he added.

“We are honoured to partner with BITS Pilani as it reimagines a B.Sc degree for a digital future,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “Through our partnership, we are opening up access to this premiere institute at an unprecedented scale -- enabling more students to earn this highly sought-after computer science degree in a flexible, affordable way.”

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