In view of “high demand from the students,” the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) today announced their BSc in Programming and Data Science will have an option for a four-year BS Degree in Data Science and Applications. As part of the BS level, students can do an 8-month apprenticeship or a project with companies or research institutes.
This programme, as per IIT-Madras, is designed to offer students multiple entry and exit options where the learner can earn a certificate, diploma or degree. This provides flexibility to learners and empowers them to choose what they want to accomplish through this programme.
Students who are currently in Class 12 can also apply and secure admission to the programme. Those who get admissions will start the program after successfully completing their Class 12. Students from any stream can enrol. There is no age limit. Anyone who has studied English and Mathematics in Class 10 is eligible to apply. As the classes are conducted online, there is also no geographic limit.
Currently, more than 13,000 students are enrolled in the programme, with the maximum number of students from Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. In-person exams are conducted in 116 examination centers across 111 cities in India. The examination centers have also been opened in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Sri Lanka.
The last date to apply for the September 2022 term of this Data Science Program is August 19, 2022. Interested students can apply through the website – https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in.
Prof V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “The institute is happy to offer this well-designed, contemporary BS in Data Science and Applications degree, which provides access to IIT quality education in an inclusive manner to learners across the country. Data Science is one of the emerging topics. This is a highly employment-oriented program in a domain where the demand is high for skilled resources.”
Data Science will teach students to manage data, visualize patterns to gain managerial insights, model uncertainties, and build models that assist in producing forecasts to make effective business decisions. Through extensive hands-on training and experiential learning, the students are also well trained to meet the industry standards. IIT Madras also facilitates internships and placements for the students who have completed the diploma level of the program.
Elaborating on the reasons behind this new initiative, Prof Andrew Thangaraj, professor in-charge, BS in Data Science and Applications, IIT Madras, said, “As Data Science is a multidisciplinary domain, this BS degree from IIT Madras is open for students from all backgrounds. Students who are pursuing commerce or humanities can also earn a degree from IIT Madras. As content delivery is online and the in-person exams are conducted on Sundays, this degree can also be pursued while attending an on-campus degree or while working full-time.”
This first-of-its-kind program makes it possible for students to study from IIT Madras without attempting the intensely-competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). This directly benefits the students from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds for whom
Is writing a Kernel module in Scratch, the block-based programming language used primarily by kids, possible? Absurd it may be, but yes, it is absolutely possible!
Scratch is the original block-based programming language and is still the best known and most widely used. It was invented in 2003 at MIT to make kids’ introduction to coding a much smoother experience. That said, the educational value of block versus regular text based languages is highly debated with strong arguments on either side.
Furthermore, a recent official report of research carried out for the UK government found that:
Block-based programming languages can be useful in teaching programming, as they reduce the need to memorize syntax and are easier to use. However, these languages can encourage pupils to develop certain programming habits that are not always helpful. For example, small-scale research from 2011 highlighted 2 habits that ‘are at odds with the accepted practice of computer science’.The first is that these languages encourage a bottom-up approach to programming, which focuses on the blocks of the language and not wider algorithm design. The second is that they may lead to a fine-grained approach to programming that does not use accepted programming constructs; for example, pupils avoiding ‘the use of the most important structures: conditional execution and bounded loops’.This is problematic for pupils in the early stages of learning to program, as they may carry these habits across to other programming languages.
Further research has highlighted that, although block-based languages may help novices to overcome the difficulties with syntax that they can face when learning to program, they do not necessarily help pupils with the semantic and conceptual difficulties. It is therefore important that, if schools use block-based languages, they consider how to design the curriculum to mitigate these potential pitfalls.
On the plus side, block based languages have been found to carry the following benefits:
Since it’s visual it’s very easy to get started and is highly accessible; you just have to connect visual blocks in a logical way. Then its syntax-free programming takes the clutter out of the way to let students focus on doing something useful while reducing the time to get onto that.
Kid-students aside there’s also been attempts
There’s an archetype depiction of chefs in TV or movies that’s more idealist than realistic. They’re often slightly disheveled, and like to show up unannounced to a tense dinner table to serve their what seems like spontaneously made, yet amazingly tasty stir-fry. Then, the table quarrel stops, and the topic instantly changes to “How did you manage to make this so crunchy?” or “What did you use to cook this?” The chef smiles, and happily answers with a list of kitchen gadgets that made it all easier.
This type of chef knows exactly what they’re doing. They know they can make everyone happy with their craft, but they can’t do it without the help of the best kitchen gadgets. That’s why they stock up on smart must haves—air fryer, sous vide, cast iron skillet, or just a seriously good Japanese knife—to give their meals substance, make them a better cook, and oh, to always have the perfect conversation starter .
As for who the chef is, they could be a wise abuela, a white-haired Michelin star holder, a young social media personality, or even you in real life. And if you’re the chef of your home who can’t live without constant cooking access, then you’ll also be needing the best kitchen gadgets and tools just like the chef you see on screen. Ahead, we’ve got 22 of the coolest kitchen gadgets below—from splurge-worthy appliances to easy accessories—that’ll make every meal you cook worthy of a “how did you do it?” conversations.
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Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Here’s how a sous vide (“sue-veed”) works: you vacuum-seal your food—poultry, fish, vegetables, red meat, anything—then put it in a pot of water along with the device, select your desired temperature, then walk away to, IDK, cure cancer, solve the The Chicago Tylenol, or run for presidency, then walk back to perfectly—yes, perfectly—done and dusted food.
This oil dispenser set went viral for a reason: It’s too good. The oil pump mister or sprayer helps even out the coverage and prevents you from over-pouring. Next, the dispenser bottle comes in clutch during those “one tsp of oil” or “two tbsp of oil” recipe moments. And both have a measuring reservoir at the top. Portion control, people.
Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
For the grill master, this smart accessory sticks into your rotisserie chicken or lamp chop and probes the internal temperature, ensuring your every bite thereafter is utterly satisfying and Salmonella-free. And it’s completely wireless—the first of its kind.
Beast Blender + Hydration System
For those who like blending up fresh produce for creamy smoothies or healthy juices in the morning, or blending up margaritas once returning home from work, this Esquire Gadget Awards winning blender will really, really blends. A smart speed instinct aside, it’s also got an ice-crushing force for your forgotten-to-defrost ingredients.
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If there’s ever a 12-in-one pressure cooker born into old money, it’s Vermicular’s Musui-Kamado. It combines a cast iron craft in
giant chips Intel has reportedly told customers that it will raise the price of most of its microprocessors and peripheral chip products. According to a report in Nikkei Asia, the biggest US chipmaker plans to raise prices on flagship products such as central processing units for servers and computers as well as on a wide range of other items, including chips for Wi-Fi and other connectivity. In a statement Nikkei Asia, the company said, “On its Q1 earnings call, Intel indicated it would increase pricing in certain segments of its business due to inflationary pressures. The company has begun to inform customers of these changes.”
Why the price hike
Intel has reportedly cited rising costs for increasing prices. The company said that price hikes are required due to the surging costs for production and materials. Intel’s notice to clients comes at a time when almost the entire world is in the grip of severe inflation. In the US too, consumer prices reportedly rose 9.1% in June, a 40-year record.
How much will be the price increase
According to the report, the percentage increases have not been finalized yet. They could differ for different types of chips, “but are likely to range from a minimal single-digit increase to more than 10% and 20% in some cases.”
Intel is not the only one
The world’s biggest contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) recently told clients that it will raise prices by a “single-digit” percentage starting in 2023. The company plans to increase prices for most of its fabrication processes by 6% starting from January 2023, as per a report in DigiTimes. In May, Bloomberg reported that Samsung is set to increase its chipmaking prices by up to 20%. Samsung, however, has not responded to the report. China-based relatively smaller chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp too is said to have told investors that it will be raising its prices in view of the rising material costs.
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You know you’re in a good place when your own co-worker scoops you on your own personal news. As Mary Ann Azevedo mentioned in her newsletter earlier this month, I’m joining the fintech desk to write about entrepreneurship’s answers to access, wealth creation and socialization of finance.
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