A good news for all the students who are aspiring for admission in IIT’s this year. Students who join the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) this academic session will have the opportunity to upgrade their dual degree programme to an interdisciplinary one.
This is to provide Flexible Options and in addition to the existing dual degree programme. Details about the programme are mentioned below:
- Students from any engineering branch can apply
- Students who join the B. Tech + M. Tech dual degree programme in the institute and opt for the Interdisciplinary Dual Degree programme (ID DD) will study for five years and receive a degree in B Tech from the parent discipline and M Tech in an interdisciplinary programme.
- However, the upgrade option is available to those students of UG and DD who have a CGPA greater than 8.00 at the beginning of the 5th Semester of their study.
Elaborating the programme, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras said,
As a part of its endeavour to offer more flexibility in education, IIT Madras will be allowing its UG and DD students to gain Dual Degree in four of the highly sought-after domains of the present times (i) Advanced Materials & Nano Technology, (ii) Biomedical Engineering, (iii) Computational Engineering, and (iv) Data Science.”
Gradually it may expand to include more areas such as energy systems, battery technology, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and management. UG or DD students from any branch of engineering can upgrade to the Interdisciplinary Dual Degree programme, provided they meet certain academic criteria.
Prof. V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Dean of Academic Courses, IIT Madras said, “It is imperative that students of IIT Madras are given opportunities to learn and work in current areas that would define the future of engineering and technology in the world”. IIT Madras regularly updates its academic courses and offers good amount of flexibility.
This initiative will not only enable students to study and earn an added qualification in the area of their choice, but will also be useful to those who may have missed out on getting their preferred discipline at the time of admission. For instance, a student pursuing B.Tech in Metallurgy may probably be able to pursue B.Tech – M.Tech (ID DD) in Data Sciences by opting for this scheme.