IIT Bombay Senate gives the nod for short-term ME Programs

The dream of working professionals to pursue a masters of engineering (ME) program at IIT Bombay has become a reality with the Senate approving the short-ME programs with a duration of 12-14 months, says a TOI report. For those, working professionals who could not pursue their PG can continue this short-term ME program, and it is also ideal for those working professionals who are aiming at career enhancements as well, noted the report. As per the report, the course from IIT Bombay would be designed by individual departments, based on the directives of the IIT Council, the governing body for all IITs and the needs of the industries.

What is more, part of the course component will be offered in distant mode, while the course may vary from core engineering branches including civil, mechanical, electrical to multi-disciplinary courses such as mechatronics or biomedical, said the report.

AK Suresh, Deputy Director, Academics and Infrastructural Affairs of the IIT Bombay is quoted as saying by the report that the departments will have to come up with proposals taking into consideration, the target industries. Furthermore, if any proposal is set to roll, IIT Bombay will start the program from the coming academic session after requisite approval from the Senate. He also said that the eligibility criteria and the fee structure would be firmed up shortly. The fees, however, will be a notch higher than the regular MTech programs as it is meant for working professionals.

Stating that some of the IITs including IIT Bombay are offering part-time courses, Suresh went on to add that the structure of those part-time programs was akin to the regular two-year MTech programs and hence, they are provided over a more extended period. “They have the full-fledged project to work on. The short-term ME will be a one-year program and will have small projects’, Suresh is quoted as saying by the report. As this is a master’s program, it would be prudent to persuade the working professionals to pursue their PhD further as well.

Therefore, the IIT Council’s aim of allowing short-term MTech was to encourage the research potential as well. Moreover, the IIT Bombay is right now offering tailor-made masters’ programs for the benefit of working professionals from specific firms.

Quoting Uday Khedkar, Head, Computer Science Department of the IIT Bombay, the report further said that they do not have such plans of offering short-term ME in their department, whereas other departments might as well take a call on the same. Another professor from one of the core engineering departments is quoted as saying by the report that the feasibility of such program was yet to be ascertained as there was no such precedence in the past. Meanwhile, when the IIT Hyderabad began an executive MTech in data science a few years ago, now they have converted the program into a full-time master’s course after obtaining feedback from the students. However, this course is entirely on the distance mode, said the report.

UB Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad told the daily that the working professionals from pan India could pursue this program, which is conducted through live videos. All that the students should have was substantial net connectivity. As data science is one of the most trending subjects, the Institute is conducting this program quite successfully. The official further said that they might as well combine data science program with artificial intelligence, going forward.