IIT Madras Launches world’s first online degree, B.SC, diploma in programming, data science

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched a world’s first online degree (B.SC), diploma in data science and programming. The interested students can join the course from the website, onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in. The last date of enrollment is September 15, 2020. The course has no age limit and will be imparted online. The exams will be conducted in an offline mode.

The entire online launch of the world’s first online BSc degree and a diploma in Programming and Data Science can be seen below as it was streamed on the HRD minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s Twitter handle. BoG, IIT Madras Rakesh Ranjan, Additional Secretary, MHRD; Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman,  Chairman, Anil Sahasrabuddhe, and MD and CEO Mahendra&Mahendra Ltd; and Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras were present at the event.


Students who are currently enrolled in different courses can take up this degree programme without the need to switch careers or courses. Just need to give a reasonable time for studying this course just sitting at home!

Even employers who want to upskill their employees with the emerging trend can consider this as a vital option for the company’s growth without loss of productive time on the job.

This online program will give importance to job prospects for youth in a lucrative field in coming years, provides an opportunity for working professionals to switch careers and also provides learners with an opportunity to get a degree from a recognised institution such as IIT Madras. The online degree course comes with multiple entries and exit points. Students can get a diploma, certificate, and degree based on when they exit the course. The online program is split into three levels and the completion will go strictly in the following sequence:

1: Foundational Level (8 courses)

2: Diploma Level (6 Data Science courses And Programming courses)

3: Degree Level (11 courses)

Foundational Level (8 courses)

The first one is a regular entry for the students who have successfully completed class 12th examinations will take admission in the foundation level course.

The Foundational Level courses include the basic subjects: Math, Statistics, Computational Thinking, Python programming and English which help learners in understanding and take up the Diploma Level and then the Degree Level courses.

Diploma Level (6 Programming courses And Data Science courses)

The second one is diploma entry which is mainly for working professionals or learners who already possess the knowledge and fundamentals taught in Foundational Level courses.

There are a total of 31 courses with 3-6 years completion time. The courses carry 4 credits each. There will be weekly assignments which will be released along with the videos.

Fee: The total fees for the full course of all three levels is Rs 2,42,000.

Foundation level- 3years — 8 months- Rs 32,000 (8 courses)

Diploma level — 3 years — 12 months- Rs 1,12,000 (12 courses)

Degree level 3 years–12 months- Rs 1,00,000 (11 courses)


Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy that is predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. This will brighten up the job for the students and provides an opportunity for working professionals to get a degree from a recognized institution such as IIT Madras.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras said that the programme will help graduates who will be employable in the sector in the field of programming and data science — that presently and in near future will be having high demand. He believes that this online programme or course will be a gamechanger in the field of education in the coming years and inspire other top-ranking institutions across the country to launch many such online initiatives.


Important dates

Also check website, onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in for regular updates.

  • Applications Open (Regular Entry): To be announced
  • Applications Close (Regular Entry): September 15, 2020
  • Term 1 Qualifier courses (Weekly release) of content starts: October 5, 2020
  • Qualifier Exam Hall Ticket (only for learners who receive minimum required marks in assignments): November 2, 2020
  • Qualifier Exam (only for those with hall tickets): November 20, 21, 22, 2020
  • Qualifier Exam Results: December 7, 2020
  • Registration for Term 1 (only for those who clear the Qualifier Exam): December 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021
  • Start Date Foundational Level Batch 1: January 4, 2021

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