Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched an online Masters in Technology (MTech) programme for working professionals. This programme is very similar to the well-liked executive MBA programmes that enable people in the management field to work and pursue an education at the same time.
With over 600 working professionals already enrolled for the three-year course instead of the standard two-year one, the tailored online programme for qualified engineers from technology businesses has already acquired appeal.
Online classes will be available, and students can complete work at their own working place. Through its Centre for Continuing Education via distance mode, IIT Madras has become the first IIT to offer an MTech course remotely.
“The students of this programme have the same rights and privileges as regular students. The working professionals can carry out the project work at their workplaces. They do not need any residency as compared to sponsored candidates”, said Prof Devendra Jalihal, chairman of the centre at IIT Madras. He further mentione, From only 14 candidates in 2020, the number has shot up to 605 this year.
According to IIT Madras, these students’ classes will be led by members of their own faculty, lecturers from other top universities, and distinguished members of the business community. Along with the evening classes, there will be live interaction between the students and the professors. Exams can be administered by students in the same city as their workplaces. The faculty at IIT Madras will assess and approve a problem statement as part of the evaluation process. The student will receive mentoring from a firm mentor while working there. The mentor and IIT Madras faculty will both evaluate the student’s development. The faculty at IIT Madras would be responsible for approving the problem statement and monitoring the results.
Giving the name of companies that have sent their employees to pursue this MTech programme, Prof Jalihal said, “Qualcomm, Silicon Labs, , BEL, HAL, BNY, Silicon labs, Synopsis, Valeo, Cypress, Honeywell, Analog devices, HCL, Sundaram Clyton, Mahindra, Daimler, Bosch, Lam Research and Fiat Chrysler are some of the organisations among others.”
Programs in communications, VLSI and analogue circuits, microelectronics, multimedia signal processing, software security, automotive engineering, mechanical design, and interdisciplinary programmes in quantum technology and data sciences are already included in the MTech degree for working professionals.