Data science Current Affairs - 2020

World’s first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science launched by IIT Madras

The World’s first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science is prepared and to be offered by the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Madras. The Online Course was launched through a virtual event by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on 30th June 2020.

About the Online Course

In three different stages, the course will be offered. First, Foundation Program, after successful completion of the Foundation program the student will receive a Certificate. Second, the Diploma Programme and the third, Degree Programme.

For joining the Courses, a student needs to appear in the qualifier exam for which they have to fill a form and pay the fee for the qualifier exam of Rs 3000. For the qualifier exam students will be provided access to 4 weeks of online lectures on 4 subjects- Mathematics, Statistics, English, and Computational Thinking. At the end of 4 weeks, students will have to appear in the qualifier exam.

Students who secure more than 50 percent marks in the qualifier exam will be able to get themselves enrolled in the Foundation Programme.

Importance of Data Science

Data Science has emerged among one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world, its importance will further keep on increasing in the upcoming decade as Data Science helps in making better decisions that are based on statistical numbers, facts, and trends. By 2026, 11.5 million (115 crores) jobs in the field of Data Science are likely to be created as per predictions for analysts.

NHAI: First Construction Sector to become digital completely

The National Highway Authority of India became the first construction sector to become digital completely.


The project management workflow of NHAI has been transformed from manual to online portal. The platform Artificial Intelligence and cloud-based big data analytics have been used to bring in the transform. With social distancing being one of the key methods to prevent COVID-19 infection, the online platform will help NHAI employees to continue their works without physical contact.

NHAI becoming Digital

The NHAI has completely become digital. This includes contractual decision, documentation and approvals that are now to be done through online portal alone. The NHAI e-office module has also been integrated into the system. The stakeholders of NHAI, contractors, consultants and independent engineers are already using the platform.

The project management details are to be stored in digital format in the cloud based “Data Lake” which is linked to GIS tagging.

Data Lake

Data Lake is a repository of data. It allows to store all structured and unstructured data at any scale.