The department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Hyderabad has launched a new M.Tech. program, Executive M.Tech. in Data Science, exclusively for industry professionals from academic year 2015-2016 (i.e., August 2015). The program is self-paced so that candidates can have flexibility in completing the program in 2-4 years. It can be taken at IITH campus or remotely through video-enabled online courses. Nonetheless, periodic visits to IITH, possibly on weekends, may be required.
NEED FOR DATA SCIENCE PROGRAMME
There are many industries, such as social media, healthcare, insurance, e-commerce, transport, government, banking, telecommunications, etc., that are producing massive amounts of data, the so-called “BIG DATA”, with Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity and Value (the five “Vs” of Big Data challenges) at an unprecedented scale. This has led to a critical need for skilled professionals, popularly known as Data Scientists, who can mine and interpret the data. Making sense of this massive data is a very difficult challenge for scientific, technological and industrial disciplines. Data Science is the art of converting raw data to useful information that can be used to draw conclusions and make decisions. Data Science is used in organizations to make better business decisions and is used in sciences to verify or disprove existing models or theories. Unfortunately, there is a gap between the demand and supply of data scientists and technologists. Following are the chief reasons behind this gap:
Undergraduate programs are too generic for addressing issues in this area in a focused manner.
There are not many postgraduate programs that focus explicitly on Data Science.
Even if some generic postgraduate programs can be tailored to focus on Data Science through electives, professionals working in the industry or R&D establishments do not have the luxury of taking two years off for pursuing higher studies.
With these factors in mind, the CSE Department at IIT Hyderabad proposes a two-year course-work based M.Tech. program in Data Science area that is flexible and can be self-paced. This program is exclusively designed to cater to the needs of working individuals, wherein a candidate is expected to do eight 3-credit courses over a period of 2-4 years. Ideally, one can take 2 courses per semester. The classes will be held over the weekends (or other timings suitable for working professionals) with each class having a 3-hour duration. More details can be found inbrochureandposter
ADMISSION TEST PROCEDURE
The admission test comprises of three phases: Objective Test, Background in DS, and Interview.
June 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Objective Test
June 9, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Background in Data Science
June 15 – June 25: Interviews over Phone/Skype
Objective exam will consist of multiple choices questions on basics of Computer Science and Data Science. For example courses such as Programming, Probability, Data Structures and Algorithms, Discrete Mathematics, Databases, and basic concepts in Statistics, Data Mining, Machine Learning.
In the Background in Data Science test, you would be required to answer some questions related to your background in Data Science. This would be a test of your writing skill and past background in Data Science. We would prefer to take candidates who are already familiar to Data Science.
For the candidates who qualify the written test on June 9th, we will conduct 15-20 minutes interview through Phone/Skype. The exact date and timing will be informed to you after you pass the written test.