Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani has entered into an agreement with Coursera, a global edtech player, to launch an online Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in computer science. The degree requires no entrance exam and is open to students from diverse profiles, including those without a science or significant mathematics background. Anyone with a class 12 or its equivalent qualifications can apply.
The course, which is offered completely online, can be accessed from anywhere in the world. By leveraging virtual and cloud labs, learners will apply their skills using simulations and real-world environments. It also offers flexibility to pursue the programme while working or along with pursuing any other degree programme
“The programme’s job-relevant curriculum, designed with inputs from various industry partners, will empower learners to develop advanced skills in software development, data analysis, and core systems, alongside leadership and soft skills,” a BITS Pilani executive has said.
“The degree will prepares graduates to enter the job market ready for various, in-demand entry-level job roles, such as application and system software developer, computer programmer, and data analyst,” he said.
Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera, said that the partnership opened up access to this premiere institute “at an unprecedented scale”, enabling more students to earn this highly sought-after computer science degree in a flexible, affordable way.
“Our collaboration with Coursera gives us the platform to help ensure that our aspirational degree programmes are readily accessible to a large and diverse audience, irrespective of locational or other constraints,” G Sundar, Director, Off Campus Programmes and Industry Engagement, BITS Pilani, said.
Allowing the students to complete the course at their own pace, the institute lets the students take up to six years to complete the three-year degree. The window for applying for the course begins on September 12, 2022, and closes on November 15, 2022. The first cohort will begin in November 2022.