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Vikash Sharma

Realising the importance and demand for cutting edge technology, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee has recently launched seven new academic programmes.

The programmes have been introduced in select areas of engineering, architecture, economics, and management along with specialization in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The programmes include six postgraduate (PG) degree programs and one five-year integrated program, official sources said. The new courses will be offered to the students from the next autumn session (2021-2022).

The new programmes consist of M. Tech. (Artificial Intelligence) and M. Tech. (Data Science) under the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Data Science (CAIDS), M. Des. (Industrial Design), and MIM (Masters in Innovation Management) under the Department of Design, Online M. Tech. (Microelectronics and VLSI) for working industry professionals under the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, MS Economics (Five Year Integrated program) under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and M. Tech. (Dam Safety and Rehabilitation) under the proposed International Centre for Dams (currently coordinated by Department of Hydrology).

As per a PIB release, the new programmes aim to facilitate quality education in new and emerging areas that are becoming more and more relevant today.

While inaugurating the new programmes at the oldest technical institution of the country in an online ceremony on July 30, 2021, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) Professor Ashutosh Sharma hoped that these programmes would help students and working professionals add value to their respective fields.

“New Initiatives of this kind separate the leaders from followers, and I am delighted to hear about the outlines and philosophy of the programmes,” he said.

“The new programmes involve the transmission of relevant knowledge and using the knowledge we produce. They are inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary and also in line with National Education Policy 2020. Their launch shows that we are on to breaking some of the silos that we have historically created,” DST Secretary added.

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