IIT Madras: First batch of BSc students receive provisional diploma certificates

IIT Madras BSc in Programming and Data Sciences is the first-of-its-kind course that makes it possible to study at IIT Madras without writing JEE.

IIT Madras: First batch of BSc students receive provisional diploma certificates IIT Madras director V Kamakoti (Source: Twitter)
Anu Parthiban | May 23, 2022 - 2:02 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras BSc degree programme’s first batch of 101 students received their provisional diploma certificate on May 21, 2022. Along with this event, the BSc students also organised their first-ever cultural and technical fest called ‘Paradox 2022’, which was held at the campus from May 20 to 22, 2022.

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Over 2,000 students from all parts of the country attended the festivities. Many students pursuing this programme from foreign countries also took part in the event.

A total of 101 students, including 17 students with family incomes less than Rs 1 lakh per annum, received their provisional diploma certificates and also participated in various events held at IIT Madras during ‘Paradox 2022’.

“Out of the 101 students from the first batch, nearly 15 per cent are working professionals. While nine students are under 20 years old, three students are aged above 40. The students from the first batch hail from across the country including far-flung states like Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, and Jharkhand,” the institute said.

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The IIT Madras BSc Degree in Programming and Data Sciences is the first-of-its-kind programme that makes it possible for students to study at IIT Madras without writing the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

“This carefully designed programme allows multiple entries and exits. Learners can get a certificate after completion of foundation-level courses, two diplomas after the completion of second-level courses, and a BSc degree after completion of the final-level courses,” it said.

Addressing the Ceremony, IIT Madras director V Kamakoti said, “This programme is now becoming the benchmark for any online effort from IIT Madras, especially where the Institute is looking at scale trying to bring a large number of students, educating them and making IIT Madras education accessible to all.”

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The BSc degree programme, which aims to create a level-playing field for India’s youth, has removed barriers to education and made quality IIT Madras education accessible to all, it added.

Emphasising the success of the programme, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, former Director, IIT Madras, who is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, said, “The BSc program, which offers high quality learning experience, is going to become a very important part of higher education in the country. The Institute's aim is to give the highest quality education to the learners and I am sure that the learners of the course will definitely increase in the upcoming years.”

‘Paradox 2022’, sponsored by Tiger Analytics, Tech Mahindra, Aditya Birla and Market.xyz had a potpourri of events including professional talks, sports activities, hackathons, cultural events, and workshops. All these events were conducted to help the students showcase their talents. Another key element of the fest was on 22nd May 2022, when top executives of major industries like IBM, Walmart Global Tech India, TCS, Infosys, Latentview Analytics, and Capgemini, participated in panel discussions and interacted with the students.

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Students Feedback

Speaking about the experience of pursuing the course, Krishna, a working professional based out of Abu Dhabi, said, “The students of BSc degree programme are quite diverse as they are from different professional backgrounds and hail from several countries from across the globe. Attending the fest with my fellow learners at IIT Madras campus was an amazing experience.”

Speaking about ‘Paradox 2022’, Proteeti Banerjee, a student hailing from Kolkata, said, “The most exciting part of the event was to meet faculty members and course instructors. I also had a chance to explore the IIT Madras campus and participate in various events.”

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