The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has announced a partnership with IBM to offer better select courses on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform. As a part of the IIT Madras’ Online BSc Degree program, IBM professionals will co-teach a Quantum Computing course on the NPTEL Platform, as well as Data Science & AI with technical inputs to help students gain a current industry perspective.
In addition, they will also organize technical sessions for NPTEL partner colleges through their local chapters and for IIT-M’s online BSc program. These seminars will be free and available on the online platforms of NPTEL and IIT Madras.
The partnership will deepen IBM and NPTEL’s commitment to a number of programs aimed at providing top-tier courses and new-collar employability skills to students in India’s rural and non-urban areas.
IBM’s engagement with India’s best educational institutions is in line with the government’s overall budget commitment of Rs. 8000 crore declared last year for the progress of quantum technology. To aid this mission, the government established NMQTA under the Ministry of Science and Technology. As a result, IBM announced a collaboration with top educational institutes in May this year to provide faculty, researchers, and students with access to IBM’s quantum systems, accelerate joint research in quantum computing and develop curricula to help students prepare through its Quantum Educator Program.
“Online technical sessions from the IBM experts will provide industry insights to our students in the Online BSc Degree Program,” explains Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Dean, Academic Courses, IIT Madras. Prof Prathap believes the online mode of learning is making it very convenient for industry-academia partnerships. Therefore, IIT Madras is happy to partner with IBM and looks forward to collaborating in more such areas.
According to Mona Bharadwaj, Global University Programs Leader, IBM India, Technology has emerged as a key business enabler and Indian enterprises have been accelerating the adoption of new-age technologies like Hybrid Cloud, AI, Analytics, Quantum Computing & IoT. At the same time, the skills gap of India’s student community continues to widen. Hence, IBM has been working with various government and academic institutions to improve the technical education avenues and the engagement with IIT Madras and NPTEL is a significant milestone in this journey. “The collaboration will help equip students with 21st-century skill sets that can build new career paths,” says Mona.
Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras, reiterates that IITs and IISc are able to reach out to a large number of learners through the NPTEL platform. NPTEL currently works with more than 4,000 colleges in engineering, arts, commerce, science, and management disciplines across the country. Many students are taking NPTEL certification exams as it helps them in improving their employability. Prof. Andrew further mentions, “NPTEL has been working towards bringing in an industry perspective to its technically rich courses and is partnering with companies to co-offer the courses. Experts and senior leaders from companies are contributing through their LIVE sessions on various technologies and are giving career guidance to the NPTEL learners. We are very happy to partner with IBM in this outreach initiative.”