BITS Pilani and Coursera launches online B.Sc in Computer Science

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Updated on Sep 12, 2022 16:07 IST

Students can apply starting today, Sep 12, 2022, for the first cohort that begins in November 2022.

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani has collaborated with Coursera to launch an online Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Computer Science.

Designed to serve Indian and global audiences, BITS Pilani’s B.Sc degree will expand access to high-quality computer science education. The programme’s job-relevant curriculum, designed with inputs from various industry partners, will empower learners to develop advanced skills in software development, data analysis, and core systems, alongside leadership and soft skills.

With 28 million new technology jobs projected to emerge in India by 2025, there is a growing need for technical talent. A recent Nasscom-Zinnov report estimates a shortfall of 14 to 19 lakh technology professionals in India by 2026. As per a release issued by Coursera, BITS Pilani’s B.Sc degree prepares graduates to enter the job market ready for various, in-demand entry-level job roles, such as application and system software developer, computer programmer, and data analyst.

“We are honoured to partner with BITS Pilani as it reimagines a B.Sc degree for a digital future,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “Through our partnership, we are opening up access to this premiere institute at an unprecedented scale -- enabling more students to earn this highly sought-after computer science degree in a flexible, affordable way.”

“Our collaboration with Coursera gives us the platform to help ensure that our aspirational degree programmes are readily accessible to a large and diverse audience, irrespective of locational or other constraints.” said Prof. G Sundar, Director, Off Campus Programmes and Industry Engagement, BITS Pilani.

He added: “This collaboration will enable BITS Pilani to help address the need for equitable growth of the pool of technology talent across the country and the globe. This also empowers learners with knowledge and skills, which are highly valued by the IT industry, and serves to provide Indian institutions as major providers of high quality education, internationally as well.”

Eligibility 

The degree requires no entrance exam and is open to students from diverse profiles, including those without a science or significant mathematics background. Anyone with a class 12 or its equivalent qualifications can apply.

The 100% online programme can be accessed from anywhere in the world. By leveraging virtual and cloud labs, learners will apply their skills using simulations and real-world environments. Flexibility to pursue the programme while working or along with pursuing any other degree programme

To maximize flexibility, students can take up to six years to complete this three-year degree. This will enable flexibility for learners to pursue the programme while working or along with pursuing any other degree programme. The programme also features an intermediate exit option of a diploma, which students can earn in about two years.

Online applications open today, Sep 12, 2022: Students can apply starting today, Sep 12, 2022, for the first cohort that begins in November 2022. The last date to apply is Nov 15, 2022.

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ABHAY ANAND
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Abhay an alumnus of IIMC and Delhi University, has over a decade long experience of reporting on various beats of journalism. During his free time he prefers listening to music or play indoor and outdoor games.

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