IIT Madras opens admissions to BS in Data Science and Applications for January 2023 session

Students across the world can apply for the BS course at iitm.ac.in till January 16, 2023. Content will be offered online, exams will be offline.


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Vagisha Kaushik | November 25, 2022 | 12:16 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has opened admissions to BS in Data Science and Applications programme for the January 2023 session. Interested and eligible students across the world can apply for the programme on the official website – iitm.ac.in. Last date to apply is January 16, 2023. Contents of the programme will be delivered online while exams will be held offline.

Eligibility criteria

  • Those who have studied mathematics and English in Class 10.
  • Students in Class 12 can attempt the qualifier exam and have an admission letter from IITM while in school.
  • Learners of any age and any background or group can apply such as students aged from 18 to 75 years and from varied areas like arts, science, commerce, economics, medicine, and law in addition to engineering.

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Selection process

The BS programme has a qualifier process wherein students are taught in four basic subjects by IIT Madras for four weeks and are tested for those subjects. Those who get minimum pass marks of more than 50 are admitted to the programme. There is no limit on the number of seats, and hence all those who qualify can study in the programme.

Course curriculum

The programme starts with foundation level, which teaches basics for courses in programming and data science. It is followed by diploma-level courses. The Diploma in Programming includes courses on data structures and algorithms, java programming, web application development (front end and back end), database management, introduction to linux programming and two full-stack development projects.

The courses in Diploma in Data Science teach students about the foundations of machine learning, and expose them to the business side of data collection, organization, cleansing, analysis, and inferences, with a specific course on data visualization. In addition, it includes two projects on the business side and ML implementation.

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Speaking about this program, professor V Kamakoti, director, IIT Madras, said, “This BS in data science is the first step in opening up IIT Madras in an inclusive manner to the learners across the country. Hands-on training in every single course, building strong foundations in learners, exposing the learners to cutting-edge technology and topics, and the rigorous assessment methods make this an employment-oriented program in a domain where the projection is 11.2 million jobs in the next 10 years.”

Vignesh Muthuvijayan, professor in-charge, BS in Data Science and Applications, IIT Madras, said, “The scholarships available to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are anywhere between 50%-100%, and more than 4,000 students are availing the same. The in-built qualifier process ensures that students do not have to spend on going to coaching classes, and the reasonable program fee coupled with the scholarships ensure that the program is affordable to anyone who has the motivation to work hard and learn from IIT Madras.”

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