The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras partners with Japanese research and training firm Monolith to launch a new advanced diploma program in virtual reality. IIT Madras recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Monolith Research And Training Labs to offer the course.
Prof. Devendra Jalihal, Prof. Devendra Jalihal, Chairman, Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) at IIT Madras, and the director of Monolith, Yathirajan Varadharajan, signed the MoU. The course will be available both online and offline mediums.
IIT Madras will accept fifty students for this unique program annually, and the first batch will start from January 2022. The course will be available for students with an engineering background. IIT Madras will also accept applications from students currently enrolled in engineering degrees from any part of the country.
Prof. M. Manivannan from the department of applied mathematics at IIT Madras said, “Virtual Reality is inherently a practical and an interdisciplinary course. Offering such an experiential and interdisciplinary course online is quite challenging. Both IIT Madras and Monolith have taken this as a challenge to offer this course for the first time in India.”
With this new course, IIT Madras aims to fulfill the market demand of trained professionals in the field of virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and haptics technology. Varadharajan mentioned that the need and popularity for Experiential and Immersive technologies are growing at a rapid pace, and it has the potential of boosting the global economy by creating new job opportunities.
Immersive technologies can add up to $1.5 trillion by 2030 if the market gets the right talents. “Our MoU with IITM strengthens Monolith’s vision to create a learning path in emerging technologies and provide visibility to employment opportunities present across the APAC region for its learners,” said Varadharajan.
Interested candidates can start the application process from November 2021 for this course.