Ronnie Screwvala’s UpGrad and IIIT-Bangalore partner with Uber and Gramener for data analytics


UpGrad, the online higher education platform founded by Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, and IIIT-Bangalore University have tied-up with Uber and Gramener for post-graduate diploma program in Data Analytics.

This partnership is expected to help UpGrad make their data analytics program not only cutting edge, and industry relevant.

Expected to go live in June 2016, Uber and Gramener will come together for the program, co-curating it along with UpGrad and IIIT B and developing live case studies and projects to make sure that students get an immersive work place experience. In addition to giving guest lectures on the platform, top management from the companies will also mentor students.

Through this program both IIIT-Bangalore and UpGrad aims to train over 10,000 professionals in the field of data analytics through interactive lectures, live sessions and a three-month capstone project mentored by industry professionals.

Gramener and UpGrad will be working together to build real-life case studies based on Gramener’s cross-industry experience and to train students on real-world applications of analysis said S. Anand, Chief Data Scientist at Gramener.

According to experts, the data analytics industry in India alone is expected to face a shortage of at least two lakh data scientists. This program, which was curated for working professionals to acquire industry relevant knowledge, grow their professional network and accelerate their career in data analytics, now aims at bridging this gap by readying professionals for this foreseen demand of the industry.

The program will also have industry leaders such as Sameer Dhanrajani (Business Leader, Analytics and Data Sciences, Cognizant Technology Solutions), Ujjyaini Mitra (Associate Director, Analytics, Flipkart), Kalpana Subbaramappa (Ex-AVP, Genpact), Vinit Vishal (Head-Analytics, Arvind Brands) among many others as individual contributors for the program.

“At UpGrad, we believe that this program, which is going to impart academic knowledge from IIIT-B professors and mentorship from industry leaders, will provide just the right mix to prepare working professionals to grow with this wave,” signed off Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, Founders, UpGrad, in a joint statement.

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