Crisis compels institutes to introduce new-age technology courses

To address the challenges of the changing work environment and inculcate skills required for future jobs, premier institutes in the country are launching courses in the various new-age technologies such as AI, ML, Data Science, Digital HR among others.

“The uncertainty led by the pandemic has resulted in a sudden transformation in workplaces during the last few months. Utilising the data in an organised and efficient way has become crucial today. There is a rising need on devising methods to use such huge data for the benefit of the organisation and the employees,” says Himanshu Rai, director, IIM Indore.

To develop an efficient method of data management and fact-based decision-making, IIM Indore in collaboration with Jigsaw Academy has launched a certification programme on People Analytics and Digital HR. The course aims at providing a platform to undertake various business problems in the fields of employee engagement, hiring, learning and development, says Rai.

“With the shift in workforce demographics, the future of HR is changing drastically. Digital HR would also have tools to govern the remote workforce,” he adds.

At IIT Madras, the institute has launched an online BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science for aspirants across the country. The programme will be offered in foundational, diploma and degree level. Learners will get access to four weeks of course content in Mathematics, English, Statistics and Computational Thinking. Candidates will be shortlisted for the course after they clear the qualifier exam post the four-week online training and online submission of assignments.

“Ever since it was launched 50 days ago, the online degree website has seen traffic from more than five lakh unique users. As of August 8, over 16,000 learners have applied for the online degree qualifier process,” says Andrew Thangaraj, coordinator, NPTEL-IIT Madras.

Demand among working professionals

Highlighting on the rising demand for such courses among the workforce, Thangaraj adds, “Nearly 30% of the learners who applied for the qualifier process are working professionals from various sectors such as Banking, IT, Manufacturing, Automobile, etc. Data Science is one of the fastest-growing sectors and is predicted to create 11.5 million jobs by 2026. The World Economic Forum expects Data Analyst and Scientist to grow as the top emerging job roles by 2022.”

New world order

To equip professionals with future-ready skills, IIT Roorkee has also launched new online programmes and certification courses in Advanced Certification in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and Certification in Data Science. The programmes are being launched in collaboration with Coursera.

“The prospects of professionals trained in these fields will be bright mainly after the global pandemic is over. The severe disruption of supply chains during the crisis and the new world order post the Covid-19 will demand a change in the functioning of businesses which will result in a growth of such professionals,” says Inderdeep Singh, professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee.

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