Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the foremost institutes of national importance for higher technical education and research.
In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance in establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. The first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, West Germany for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras was signed in 1959.
The Institute was formally inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs. The IIT system has twenty three Institutes of Technology. The first of these to be instituted are at Kharagpur (estb. 1951), Mumbai (estb. 1958), Chennai (estb. 1959), Kanpur (estb. 1959), Delhi (estb. 1961), Guwahati (estb. 1994) and Roorkee (estb. 1847, joined IITs in 2001).
The Institute has sixteen academic departments and several advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India.
IITM is well-equipped to provide an online degree course. We have been ranked number 1 Engineering Institute for the past 5 years and we have been ranked number 1 Overall for the past 2 years by NIRF.
Furthermore, IITM began the NPTEL program, the country’s first online content portal as an inter-IIT consortium project in 2001 and nptel.ac.in is one of the largest online course portals in the world. In 2014, IITM also created NPTEL online courses - the country’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Today, NPTEL is considered the largest MOOC provider in India.
MHRD launched the SWAYAM MOOC platform in 2017 and NPTEL has been the largest contributor to it. NPTEL also manages the national MOOCs portal - swayam.gov.in as well as the network of more than 3800 SWAYAM local chapter colleges. With IITM continuing to lead the NPTEL project, it makes them the perfect choice to offer an online degree program.
Why an Online Degree Initiative?
IIT Madras wishes to reach out to the many aspiring and motivated learners across India. An online degree is the perfect way to accomplish this, as it is not limited by on-campus physical infrastructure.
Being an online program, we can accommodate between 50,000 to a lakh learners per batch.
It is a game changer as working professionals, and learners of any age group can enroll in it.
Students currently enrolled in a physical college in any program can join here and earn their second degree. (University Grants Commission had announced in 2020 that students will now be permitted to pursue two degree programs simultaneously if one is in online mode)
Since there are no restrictions on the base subjects, students from other streams such as commerce / arts / law and of course, science students can enroll in this program. Data Science and Machine Learning is proving to be useful in all disciplines and fields.
All courses will be offered 3 times a year. Thus, learners have considerable flexibility in the pace they can select to move ahead in the program.
The program gives flexibility to learners to set their goals. Learners who successfully complete all 8 courses in Foundational Level can get a certificate and exit. Alternatively, they can proceed to do the more specialised courses in the Diploma Level and exit with a Diploma in Programming AND/OR Diploma in Data Science from IIT Madras. However, those interested in acquiring the BS degree can proceed to take up the Degree Level courses. Check the Academics page for details. Based on their requirements, they can acquire certifications that will help them with better employment opportunities.
The program will be rigorous in its delivery, just as any other program from IIT Madras. Learners have to spend time with the coursework every week and achieve minimum criteria to pass every course.
Being an online program, the course content can be accessed by learners from anywhere. They need to have a laptop / desktop, a good internet connection, and more importantly, the will to learn and work hard. Learners will be required to travel to designated exam centres only for the quizzes and exams each term. View section about exam cities.
Each course will have a discussion forum with an active academic team to help in clearing doubts. We plan to bring in more personalised mentors to help students with Diploma Level and Degree Level courses.
In future, we are considering tie-ups with industries to enable internships and project opportunities. This will also facilitate hiring of our learners who perform well in the program.
Dr. Andrew Thangaraj
Andrew Thangaraj, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, has been with the institute since June 2004. His bachelors was from IIT Madras and PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. His research interests are in the areas of information theory and error-control coding. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.
From Nov 2011, he has been one of the Coordinators of the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a multi-institutional project funded by the Ministry of Education and managed by IIT Madras. At NPTEL, he played a key role in the starting of online courses and certification on a massive scale through the SWAYAM portal. He is currently the Principal Investigator for SWAYAM.
At IIT Madras, he led a team of faculty that started the Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science & Applications ( IIT Madras Degree Program in Data Science and Applications ), launched in June 2020, with online course content delivery and in-person exams. He is currently a coordinator for the program.
Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan
Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan is a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences, IIT Madras. He received his BTech in Chemical Engineering from A. C. Tech, Anna University, India. He went on to pursue his master's degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He also worked as a post-doc at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras in 2010. His research interests are in the area of biomaterials and their applications. Prof. Vignesh Muthuvijayan is also serving as a Coordinator for the IIT Madras BS in Data Science and Applications program and National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).