07 Jul 2020 18:46 IST

SNU unveils course in data sciences and analytics for business

Hands-on-training for students imparting technical skills and using insights from data

Shiv Nadar University, a multidisciplinary and research-based university, also recognised as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the Government of India, has launched a new online certificate programme in Data Sciences and Analytics for Business (DSAB).

The programme aims to provide hands-on-training to equip students with the relevant domain knowledge and the technical skills to help companies solve for business challenges using insights from data. This intensive 14-week programme, which will be delivered online, will commence from the third week of July, 2020, says a press release

The DSAB programme will cover essential concepts of statistics and econometrics required for modelling, exploratory data analysis and data manipulation by using different tools, predictive modelling, machine learning, prescriptive modelling, text mining and neural networks. This programme will help students develop essential technical skills with tools including SQL, Python, TensorFlow, Tableau and more.

Business case studies

The teaching method will use real-business case studies, challenge hackathons on specific business scenarios using actual datasets, and help students learn through rigorous mentorship. Practitioner faculty members with rich experience from industry will combine with experienced academics to provide the real business exposure and insight to students that will prepare them robustly for their future career – either in the analytics industry or in the sectors using analytics.

Shiv Nadar University has partnered with Jigsaw Academy, a learning company in the field of data sciences and business analytics, to deliver select content elements for this course. Besides Jigsaw, the course will be delivered by the faculty of Shiv Nadar University who have industry experience and are alumni of globally renowned institutions. The graduates of this course will have opportunities to work in various sectors including analytics, FMCG, BFSI, healthcare, IT/ITeS, manufacturing, retail, ecommerce, consulting and others.

Data science talent

Announcing the new programme, Dr Bibek Banerjee, Senior Dean and University Head of Strategic Initiatives, and the Director of School of Management and Entrepreneurship at Shiv Nadar University, said, “The demand for skilled data science talent across sectors is rapidly growing; however not enough well-trained and skilled professionals are entering the industry every year to help bridge this excess-demand. Post-Covid, the digital economy is expected grow and with that the demand for analysts will also see increasing trends.This programme is specifically designed to drive specific learning outcomes that give our students a clear edge as they drive ahead to the future.”

Students with a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent or enrolled in any recognised undergraduate degree programme and having Mathematics in 10+2 board can apply for the programme. Candidates will also have to qualify a personal interview for final selection. Classes for the programme will be conducted online with ample hands-on practice in a simulated environment. The programme will span over 12 weeks with approximately nine hours of contact tutorials spread across three sessions every week. The programme will be concluded with a capstone project.