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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014
IIMs, IITs offer big data programmes
Harini Sriram, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 01, 2014
First Published: 11:35 IST(1/8/2014)
Last Updated: 12:35 IST(1/8/2014)

Despite the growing popularity of data analytics as a highly lucrative career, there are not many relevant full-time courses available in India and abroad. However, there are some certificate and online courses on offer. One such is the postgraduate certificate course in business analytics by NIIT Ltd.

Amitabh Lahiri, president, career building solutions, NIIT Ltd, says, “The programme is taught by practitioners who have worked with some of the best analytics firms and for Fortune 500 clients. The programme design includes intensive assignments, case-studies, projects and uses a case-based approach to learning. Learners and professionals with a background in business management, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or economics can enrol.”

The course module covers foundation of analytics, statistical inference, applications of analytics in business function, special analytical methods, information management in analytics, advanced business forecasting, advanced analytics and application of analytics in business verticals. The duration of the course is six months and the fee is Rs. 1.3 lakh.

The University of Glasgow is offering an MSc in data science – a full-time two year programme. Some of the core subjects covered in the programme include big data, artificial intelligence, cyber security and computer architecture, information retrieval, functional programming, enterprise computing, trends in information security, distributed algorithms and systems, to name a few.

Iadh Ounis, programme director of the course at the university says, “The programme helps students seek software development positions in a range of industries, including finance, government, transport, manufacturing, retail, education, health and engineering. Graduates can take up PhD programmes too.” The course fee is £17,250 ( Rs. 17.5 lakh), with a £1,000 discount for international students. Students can visit http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/datascience/ for details on applications and scholarships.

IIM Bangalore has set up a data centre and analytics lab to support interdisciplinary empirical research using data on primarily Indian and other emerging markets. The institute also offers a one-year certificate course in analytics to employees of multinational companies. IIM Ahmedabad also offers an executive programme on advanced analytics for management (www.iimahd.ernet.in/). Besides, MOOC providers such as edX (www.edx.org/) and Coursera (www.coursera.org) have a number of online certificate programmes .

Nasscom has created an analytics interest group (comprising about 18 to 19 companies) to help define core competencies and provide training.

As KS Viswanathan, VP, industry initiatives, Nasscom points out, “We are in the process of designing common content for training professionals and students in big data and analytics. Besides conducting workshops in Bangalore and Hyderabad, we are collaborating with companies and academicians to draft up a common data curriculum. It will take us around 18 to 24 months to create a roadmap for this.”


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