IIIT-Bangalore University and UpGrad, the online higher education platform founded by Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, have announced their partnership with Uber and Gramener to strengthen their post-graduate diploma program in Data Analytics. Through this partnership, UpGrad aims to make their data analytics program not only cutting edge, academically rigorous but also industry relevant.
The program scheduled to go live in June 2016, will see Uber and Gramener come together for the program, co-curating it along with UpGrad and IIIT B and developing live case studies and projects to make sure that students get an immersive work place experience. Top management from the companies will also be giving guest lectures on the platform besides mentoring students.
“Data drives the core of Uber’s operations and we have a passion for unearthing and rethinking massive amounts of raw data to gain actionable insights. India has an exceptional talent pool and we are incredibly excited to partner with UpGrad to mentor and deliver our learning and experiences with students,” said Sai Alluri, Analytics Lead at Uber India.
“There’s a huge gap between learning versus applying analysis. The right application of a simple technique saved a client $2 million in a single quarter. The wrong application of powerful techniques often leads them on a wild goose chase. Gramener and UpGrad will be working together to build real-life case studies based on Gramener’s cross-industry experience and to train students on real-world applications of analysis,” said S. Anand, Chief Data Scientist at Gramener.
According to experts, the data analytics industry in India alone is expected to face a shortage of at least two lakh data scientists. This program, which was curated for working professionals to acquire industry relevant knowledge, grow their professional network and accelerate their career in data analytics, now aims at bridging this gap by readying professionals for this foreseen demand of the industry.
The program will also have industry leaders such as Sameer Dhanrajani (Business Leader, Analytics and Data Sciences, Cognizant Technology Solutions), Ujjyaini Mitra (Associate Director, Analytics, Flipkart), Kalpana Subbaramappa (Ex-AVP, Genpact), Vinit Vishal (Head-Analytics, Arvind Brands) among many others as individual contributors for the program.
IIIT-Bangalore and UpGrad had earlier announced their partnership to launch this unique program, which aims to train over 10,000 professionals in the field of data analytics. The program covers the depth and breadth of the subject in the form of interactive lectures, live sessions and a three-month capstone project mentored by industry professionals.
“IIIT-Bangalore has an accepted leadership position in higher education in IT, thanks to world-class faculty working in cutting technology areas and close proximity, both physical and intellectual, to global industry leaders. Joining hands with UpGrad, an emerging leader with deep connects to industry and at a time when the technology has matured to impact the entire life-cycle of learning – delivery of lectures, assessment of homeworkers, experience sharing with classmates and collaborative project work with project mates – we expect this program to be a game changer. I am sure the students will find this a first-rate program from the best players, that is sure to make a positive difference to your careers,” said Prof. Sadagopan, Director of IIIT Bangalore, while talking about the partnership of IIIT-B and UpGrad.
“India went through the technology wave in 90s and became the IT hub of the world. We are on the brink of the next wave which will be driven by data analytics, and India is bound to become the analytics hub. At UpGrad, we believe that this program, which is going to impart academic knowledge from IIIT-B professors and mentorship from industry leaders, will provide just the right mix to prepare working professionals to grow with this wave,” signed off Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, Founders, UpGrad, in a joint statement.