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IIT Madras, India's top technical institute, welcomes you to the world's first 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Data Science and Applications with options to exit earlier in the foundation, diploma or BSc degree level.
For the first time, you can work towards an undergraduate degree / diploma from an IIT
regardless of your age, location, or academic backgrounds.
BS in Data Science and Applications
Content taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and industry experts that can be accessed by learners from anywhere with options to exit earlier.
Diploma in Programming / Diploma in Data Science
Open to anyone who has completed any UG or at least two years of any UG education.
XI and XII Students
Anyone who has passed Class 12 or equivalent can apply irrespective of age or academic background. Those who qualify can join the program immediately.
School students who have appeared for their Class 11 final exams can apply irrespective of their group / stream / board. Those who qualify can join the program after passing Class 12.
Make your study the start of something special and get one of the best student experiences.
You will join a supportive, diverse, vibrant community of students and scholars who share your passion. Our reputation for excellence attracts some of the best minds in the world.
The students are divided into 12 houses. Alongside the academic activities, you can have fun and develop your interests through clubs and extracurricular activities. It helps you build on your social skills and career goals while enjoying a great social life.
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17th March 2022; 7:00pm - About RBCDSAI and Opportunities for BSc Data Science & Programming students - by Prof. Balaraman RavindranView video View all older events
IIT Madras started this unique BS program to provide access to IIT quality education to the learners across the country. Data Science is a growing field and the demand for skilled resources in the market is very high. IIT Madras has a rich history of providing high-quality education and this program is designed to underline the fact that IIT is within the reach of everyone. This BS program is meticulously drafted and is aligned with the goals of the National Educational Policy. We are planning to make IIT Madras a ‘Vishwa-guru (Global Teacher)’ through innovative approaches to enhance the quality of education. In order to support the students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue this program, scholarships are being provided.
For more detailed information about the IIT Madras Degree program, our courses and fee
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World Class Faculty
Learn from carefully designed courses taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and other
Our program is flexible with multiple entry and exit points for learners from different
backgrounds with different aspirations.
Each course will have discussion forums with an active academic team to help in clearing
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
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,
in application development, data sciences and machine learning.View Less
Testimonials from our learners
I just want to let you know that IITM and its team is doing an amazing job running this
program. I'm really lucky to be enrolled into this program. I have never ever received
replies for any emails within one day from other universities. I know how difficultit
is to reply to a lot of emails. Not only that, right from the program design and course
content, every minute things are well planned and carried out. Hats off to your team.
Thank you for your support and guidance.
S Nithish Kumar
from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
I would like to thank the whole team of IITM Online Degree for coming up with the
concept of solving questions with the professors. It has not only helped me in improving
my performance drastically in graded assignments, but also it plays a relevant role
in making the concepts more clear. Though because of my college schedule I am not able
to attend all the live sessions, its recorded form is proving to be very effective for
me. A special mention for Prof.Andrew Thangaraj
- his tips on problem solving are really helpful. Once again thank you very much for
understanding the requirements of the students.
from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
I want to thank the team of IIT Madras who are making this Degree happen for us. I am
one of those students who had to face many financial and health issues in the early part
of their lives. And studying in IIT is only a dream for students like us. However,
this degree program (while maintaining the standard of IIT) has given us a chance to
grow and improve in our lives.
Also, I have personally checked many online programs by many Institutes and
Universities - however, none of them is so inspiring, innovative and challenging (at the
It's such a great initiative of IIT Madras. I can't thank you enough and all the
people who are involved in making it happen. I want to specially thanks Prof. Andrew and
Prof. Pratap for clarifying all our doubts and
also the professors and course support team - without which I could have never qualified
Yash Raj Karthikey
from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
My name is Akriti Vishwas, I come from Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh.
I came across this online degree program on the internet. I just completed my 12th
standard and was enrolled in a bachelor degree in Hansraj College of Delhi University
pursuing physics honours. Apart from my degree
I wanted to explore something new. This program from such an esteemed institution like
IIT MADRAS seemed exciting to me. The unique program captured my attention and I
enrolled for the qualifier level. The ever increasing
career opportunities in data science also contributed in a positive way. After taking
the classes from such qualified faculty, my interest in the program grew. The unique
pedagogy used by the teachers is what I found most
engaging. The dedicated support team also helped many learners like me at all times if
we faced any difficulties. Now, after qualifying the first level and being a student of
the foundational level, I am looking forward
to this course and learning in a unique and first of its kind way.
from Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India
This is Satej.
I want to just like appreciate the IIT team. They are doing a fabulous job. Even
though we haven't met, it doesn't like that due to amazing interaction and course
planning of BSc course of IIT Madras. They are managing
at such a level without disturbing the standard of IIT. Hats off to the team at IIT
Feeling proud to be a part of such a great program.