Indian Institute of Technology-Madras 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.

Three Mission Centres Inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras

The Union Minister for Science and Technology inaugurated the three Department of Science and Technology (DST) mission centres at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) at the collective cost of Rs 50 crore.

DST Mission Centres

The three DST mission centres inaugurated were:

  • DST -IITM Solar Energy Harnessing Centre: This will focus on a wide range of research and technology development activities such as silicon solar cells that promise high efficiency and are suited for Indian conditions.
  • DST- IITM Centre for Sustainable Treatment, Reuse and Management for Efficient, Affordable and Synergistic Solutions for Water (Water-IC for SUTRAM of EASY WATER): It focuses on synchronized research and training programs on various issues related to wastewater management, water treatment, sensor development, stormwater management and distribution and collection systems.
  • DST-IITM-KGDS Test-bed on Solar Thermal Desalination Solutions in Narippaiyur: It has been established with an aim to deliver customised technology solutions to address prevalent water challenges in the arid coastal village located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.

These centres are focused on critical technologies for sustainability like harnessing of solar energy in myriad ways, and scientific recycling and conservation of water.