Will the newly launched IIT Madras’s online degree be a life changer during this covid time for any learner?!

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During this lockdown, IIT Madras launched an exceptional online undergraduate degree program for the very first time in India’s history. IIT Madras is itself a brand in India ,it is one of the foremost institutes of national importance for higher technical education and research and as per the growing demand of Data Science in every domain, IIT Madras considered this lockdown time as a huge opportunity and launched this program so that anyone can access it from anywhere in India. There are very few private colleges in India which offer data science course but the quality is not upto the mark but the syllabus provided here is one of its own kind and no other regular college can offer you that.

IIT Madras Online Data Science program has three levels :




These are the three levels in Online Degree program and to get a BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science from IIT Madras, a learner has to successfully complete all three levels.

A candidate can apply either from regular entry pathway or from diploma entry pathway but he is required to clear a qualifier exam. There is also the flexibility to exit at any level. Depending on the courses completed, the learner can receive Foundational Certificate from Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Madras or Diploma(s) from IIT Madras.

Since this year’s regular entry applications have been closed, you can look out for the diploma entry and next year’s regular entry dates in this link : https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in/admissions.html 

Having An IIT Degree Sitting From Home!!

IITs are one of the strong pillars of the Indian education system. It is the dream of millions of students in India to attend an IIT. But only one per cent of the students who write JEE exam get admission because of the limited availability of seats. Given that the degree in data science is online, it will allow students to attend it from home, with a wide increase in its reach. At the launch, the institute said that education has to be more inclusive, and there needs to be more flexibility in the way we offer it. 

“This was never possible before. There’s a lot of restrictions on how many students could get inside an IIT, and now those restrictions have been removed. The system has been liberated from the constraints placed by the physical presence in the campus,” said Prathap Haridoss, Professor-in-Charge, IIT Madras Online Degree Programme in an introductory video. 

Convenience Like Never Before!!

The flexible curriculum has been specially designed with inputs from industry experts in data science. It also takes into account all the flexibilities that an online process permits, benefiting students to build their career and a knowledge base without the need to go to a physical university. 

“This is a great outreach program from the IITs in the sense that we are reaching out to the entire nation and students. It is a great opportunity to get a high-quality education and a college degree from IIT without the constraints of an entrance examination, without the constraints of the physical limits of the campuses,” said Prathap Haridoss. The program will be taken by some of the best faculties in the country. 

Unlike other BSc programs, there is flexibility on who can register for the program — allowing candidates from any stream or age group to enrol. Anyone who has finished the 12th standard and has English/Maths at the 10th standard can enrol. At the same time, it is open to all professionals who are working in various fields and no age limit. 

All the content and assignments are available online. The main evaluation tests will take place every month, and final exams will be made in person across different centres in India. Learners can take 3-6 years to complete the BSC degree. 

“We have lots of discussion with industry and faculty to develop a fully self-contained program starting with the 10th standard and going all the way up to the BSC degree level. It will allow picking up all the skills at a good pace, covering everything comprehensively and things relevant to the industry. So when hiring happens, it’s easy for people to hire qualified candidates,” stated Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Professor-in-Charge, IIT Madras Online Degree Programme in an introductory program video.


While the quality of the course is expected to be great because it’s a leading institute, but since they’re taking in so many applicants, will it be comparable to that of the offline courses in terms of placement? 

This is what Prof. Andrew Thangaraj  said during a live stream: 

“We will have strong industry relationships, and placement teams will work to help students grab onto various opportunities. Students will have to apply and qualify for them. For students who do well in an online degree, we will work very hard to get the internship and placement opportunities. The graduates getting jobs with the degree is an absolute requirement, and the IIT will closely track these numbers. It is going to one one of our top priorities, and we have a very active team working on placements.”

So what are you waiting for??

IIT Madras is offering a life changing program which can create a huge turn in your life , No JEE Exams are required ,you just need to clear the qualifier exam and boom , you are landed into an IIT virtually.


  1. I liked your way of describing the info.. short and brief.. I didn’t had to go through many links.. I got all the required information at one place.


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