Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has announced a merit-cum-means scholarship program for BSc Programming and Data Science. The grant will provide financial assistance to meritorious students from the economically backward class whose annual family income is less than Rs 1 lakh. Selected students will be provided financial assistance for all four academic terms.
Called ‘V PROPEL ‘(V Provide Right Opportunity to Power Enabled Learning), the scholarship has been launched in collaboration with Verizon India.
Talking about the initiative, Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IITM, said, “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors that is predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2022, data analysts and scientists will be the most emerging job roles, globally. Hence, we chose a specialization in programming and data science.”
He added that the scheme will help distressed students pursue their dreams and will lay special focus on encouraging meritorious women students and Physically challenged students.
About the programme:IIT Madras launched the programme in 2020 with an aim to provide access to a world-class curriculum to aspirants in programming and data science. The students can pursue an undergraduate degree/diploma from one of India’s leading institute IITM regardless of their age, location or academic background. This unique virtual learning programme is offered at Foundation Level, Diploma Level and Degree Level. More details about the programme can be found at https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.
Verizon India and IIT Madras will also host a webinar on March 25, to give a brief about the scholarship program. Link to attend the webinar will be made available on https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.