IIT Madras, Japanese research firm Monolith to launch a course in virtual reality

Advanced Diploma Program in Virtual Reality to be available in online, offline mode. Students with engineering background can apply.


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IIT Madras, Japanese research firm Monolith to launch Advanced Diploma Program in Virtual RealityIIT Madras, Japanese research firm Monolith to launch Advanced Diploma Program in Virtual Reality

Tamanna Tamang | October 21, 2021 | 01:37 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in collaboration with Monolith Research and Training Labs are going to launch an Advanced Diploma Program in Virtual Reality. The course will be launched in both online and offline mode.

Candidates with engineering background including students currently pursuing engineering degrees can apply for the advanced diploma programme. The applications will be available from November 2021. The first batch will commence from January 2022 and will comprise 50 students.

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IIT Madras and Monolith Research and Training Labs signed an agreement for the collaboration. The understanding was signed by Devendra Jalihal, chairman, Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) - IIT Madras, and Yathirajan Varadharajan, director, Monolith Research And Training Labs. The course will be coordinated by IIT Madras's Centre of Excellence on Virtual Reality and Haptics, set up under the ‘Institute of Eminence’ initiative of the Government of India.

Highlighting the program, M. Manivannan, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, said, “virtual reality is inherently a practical and an interdisciplinary course. Both IIT Madras and Monolith have taken a challenge to offer this course for the first time in India.”

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Yathirajan Varadharajan, director of Monolith, said, “experiential and Immersive technology is rapidly developing and transforming key industries. Various studies and research papers on immersive technology suggest that it has the potential to boost the global economy by US$ 1.5 trillion by adding 23 million jobs globally including new jobs that do not exist now or by enhancing the existing jobs by 2030.”

The program aims to train skilled professionals in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality (XR) and haptics technology.

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