IIT Madras Offers Free Online Course on Data Science for Engineers

IIT Madras offers a course titled “Data Science for Engineers” through the SWAYAM portal to empower learners in the realm of data science.

Punam Singh
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IIT Madras data science course

The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras offers a course titled “Data Science for Engineers” through the SWAYAM portal to empower learners in the realm of data science. This course will be led by Prof. Ragunathan Rengasamy and Prof. Shankar Narasimhan and is designed to introduce participants to the core principles of data science, providing them with a holistic understanding of the subject.


The course is set to commence on 22nd January 2024 and conclude on 15th March 2024. This eight-week elective program falls under the categories of Computer Science and Engineering, Data Science, and Programming offering two credit points.

What will be covered under the IIT Madras course on Data Science?

The ‘Data Science for Engineers’ course offered by IIT Madras aims to cover a comprehensive range of topics to provide learners with a solid foundation in data science. The curriculum covered under the course includes

  • Introduction to R programming language
  • Mathematical foundations for data science
  • Data science algorithms
  • Statistics
  • Optimization
  • Regression analysis
  • Classification techniques
  • Practical Capstone Case Study

Throughout the eight-week duration of the course, learners will have a chance to progress through these modules and gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge essential for data science. The curriculum is designed to equip participants with the ability to solve data science problems, code in R, and critically analyze and evaluate solution approaches.

What are the benefits of joining the IIT Madras course on Data science?


While the course is being offered for free to enroll and learn from, participants who are seeking a certification need to register and pass the proctored exam. The certification exam is scheduled for 24th March 2024. In terms of being eligible for a certificate, participants must meet specific criteria related to assignment scores and the proctored exam.

Apart from the certificate, the course offered by IIT Madras on SWAYAM brings several benefits for learners seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in data science.

  • Learners will gain a holistic understanding of data science, covering programming in R, mathematical foundations, algorithms, statistics, optimization, and practical case studies.
  • Follow a well-organized eight-week curriculum that systematically progresses from foundational concepts to advanced techniques.
  • Apply acquired knowledge to a practical capstone case study, gain hands-on experience in solving data science problems
  • Access course materials and lectures online, allowing flexibility in learning at your own pace and convenience.
  • Enhance your career prospects by acquiring in-demand skills in data science.
  • Access the course content for free, with the option to opt for certification by registering and completing the proctored exam for a nominal fee.


As the demand for data science experts continues to grow across industries, the ‘Data Science for Engineers’ course by IIT Madras on Swayam emerges as a valuable opportunity for learners to acquire practical skills and insights.  This initiative by IIT Madras aligns with the broad movement towards accessible and quality online education and bridges the gap between academic institutions and aspiring professionals.