Chennai: Sutherland, an experience-led digital transformation company, is partnering with Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) to support the education of 10,000 students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds.
The program provides scholarship funding to qualified students that reduce the cost of certification by 50%. This scholarship funding enabled students to obtain certification in the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning’s (NPTEL) online courses for the January 2022 semester.
The funding supported 10,000 beneficiaries from 160 colleges in 18 states across the country, a IIT-M release said today. Prof.Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL Coordinator, IIT Madras, said “With the generous support from Sutherland, these students, many of whom hail from families of first-generation learners, now have the opportunity to obtain NPTEL certification.”
NPTEL currently works closely with more than 5,000 colleges across the country including engineering, arts, commerce, science and management.
Many students and faculty take these certification examinations to improve their employability and upskill themselves with the latest skills in their area.
“Our investment in the education of these future leaders reflects our commitment to developing talent that enables the digital transformation of organizations. And we all benefit when tomorrow’s workforce is better equipped to succeed in our digital future,” said Anil Joseph, Senior Vice President, Global People Operations, Sutherland.
The duration of NPTEL courses are 4, 8 and 12 weeks. Enrollment in these courses and the learning process are free and open to anyone who wishes to learn from.
Learners must watch videos online and submit assignments on a weekly basis. The courses are very useful for learning new technology and upskilling and the certificates are very valuable being stamped by the IITs and IISc, among others.
At the end of each online course, an optional in-person, proctored examination is conducted for certification which involves a cost of Rs.1,000.