Technology Enhanced Learning: IBM, IIT Madras are collaborating to build industry relevant skills

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Quantum Computing course on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning platform and augment select NPTEL courses such as data science and AI with technical inputs that will help provide students with a current industry perspective will be co-offered by IBM experts

To support the online BSc Degree and augment select courses on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform, IBM on Thursday announced that it is collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Quantum Computing course on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning platform and augment select NPTEL courses such as data science and AI with technical inputs that will help provide students with a current industry perspective will be co-offered by IBM experts.

“Technology has emerged as a key business enabler and Indian enterprises have been accelerating adoption of new-age technologies like Hybrid Cloud, AI, Analytics, and Quantum Computing & IOT. At the same time, the skills gap of India’s student community continues to widen. 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”, Mona Bharadwaj, Global University programmes Leader at IBM India, said in a statement.

IBM will also conduct technical sessions for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning partner colleges through their local chapters and for the IIT M’s Online BSc Degree programme. These sessions will be free of cost and made available on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning & IIT M’s online platforms. The engagement will further strengthen IBM’s & NPTEL’s commitment on various initiatives to bring top-tier courses & new-collar employability skills to any student from a rural or non-urban area in India.

“Online technical sessions from the IBM experts will provide industry insights to our students in the Online BSc Degree programme. Online mode of learning is making it very convenient for industry-academia partnerships”, Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Dean, Academic Courses, IIT Madras, said.

IITs and IISc can reach out to a large number of learners through the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning platform, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator – NPTEL of IIT Madras, said. 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. 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”, he said.

With access to IBM’s quantum systems, accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students, in May 2021, IBM had announced a collaboration with IIT Madras to provide faculty, researchers, and students. Focused on block-chain architecture, design and use cases, IBM has also collaborated with National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning to offer a 12-week online course.

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