IIT Kanpur will offer from the academic year 2021-22 onwards a new program called “Statistics and Data Science”. The admissions for the program will be through JEE Advanced and students can opt for either the new four-Year BS or five-Year BS and MS programs. This decision was announced by Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT Kanpur.
“IIT Kanpur Academic Senate and Board has approved launching of new 4-year BS and 5-year BS-MS programs in “Statistics and Data Science” from the coming academic year 2021-22. The admissions to the programs will be through JEE (Advanced),” said Karandikar. This program has been introduced t help students effectively implement emerging technologies like data science in real-life situations, he added.
“Data Science, Artificial Intelligence/ML are playing increasingly important roles in finding solutions to diverse real-world problems. Research in data science in the next 20 years is expected to focus on developing mathematically rooted models that can be implemented. The synergy of theory and applications requires training specific to a unique set of skills, and the BS and BS-MS programs in Statistics and Data Science have been launched in response to this need of effective implementation in real-life situations,” commented Karandikar.
Students undergoing this program will be exposed to various types of structured and unstructured data with applications and will not only be well suited to build flourishing careers in industry and the new entrepreneurial India, but also to pursue higher studies. Furthermore, students will also get to work on health-related data and digital health to give a much-needed boost to research and analytics in this important emerging area, and this will be made possible in collaboration with the proposed School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT).
Details of the IIT Kanpur Data Science Program
Course details of Statistics and Data Science BS, and BS MS program is as follows: