Blockchain Course Offered By IBM And Indian Government-Backed NPTEL

Announcements, Blockchain, Education, News | June 28, 2018 By:

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) of India has teamed with tech giant IBM to offer a 12-week online course focused on blockchain architecture, design and use cases.

NPTEL is an Indian national initiative coordinated by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras with partners from other IITs and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, government of India, and is geared towards providing detailed course content, free of charge, to academic institutions and individuals in all branches of engineering, science, technology, management and humanities subjects which form a part of higher education.

The goal of the online blockchain course is to prepare students to meet the growing demand for blockchain skills globally. The course includes the fundamental design and architectural primitives of blockchain, the system and the security aspects, along with various use cases from different application domains.

The course will be taught by Praveen Jayachandran, a blockchain and smart contracts researcher at IBM India, and Sandip Chakraborty, an assistant professor with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. The course will be available on the NPTEL website from July 2018. Students will be required to submit weekly assignments and pass a final exam at the end of the course to successfully receive their certificate which will be co-certified by IBM.

“IBM’s collaboration with India’s leading academic minds to create a blockchain curriculum is a reflection of our commitment to enabling the technology to realize its full potential, while also addressing the increased demand for adequate skills for students and developers,” said Jayachandran.

“Content contribution by technology leaders to a course in cutting edge technology areas provides learners a better insight into its practical implementation,” said NPTEL coordinator Prof. Andrew Thangaraj. “The blockchain course with IBM is the first in this genre and will encourage more companies to come forward to do the same.”