Here are the top courses in India for a great career in Data Science and Analytics.
A recent study on hiring trends in the analytics sector in India indicates that 97,000 positions related to analytics and data science are currently vacant due to a dearth of qualified talent. A majority of these job openings are for junior roles.
The number of unfilled positions in data science and analytics has seen an increase of 45% over last year, indicating the widening talent gap in the industry.
Those planning a career in data science and analytics have a healthy job outlook, as demand for data scientists continues to grow, but there is an apparent gap in the skill sets.
While an advanced data science degree can definitely help, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that having the right skills is a more critical factor in landing your dream job.
Let’s take a look at the Top courses in India for a career in Data Science and Analytics that are helping bridge the skill gap with their strategic curriculum.
1. Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA)
Jointly offered by IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta and ISI Kolkata
Course duration: 24 months
The PGDBA is a full-time 2-year comprehensive residential programme jointly offered by three renowned institutes in India. Students spend 3 semesters in the classroom and 1 semester on internship.
Course content is very well designed meeting the demands of industry and covering statistics, data science tools and techniques, applications in functional areas.
The programme provides placement opportunities and of the two batches who graduated so far, 100% of the students are placed.
Students get an opportunity to interact with professionals from Industries through guest lectures or industry talks.
The programme expects the incoming students to have analytical ability and most the students are from an engineering background.
2. Post-Graduate Certificate in Data Science
Jointly offered by Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, and Decimal Point Analytics
Course duration: 12 months
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Data Science at MDAE is offered jointly with Decimal Point Analytics. The unique teaching methods focus on applied learning and conceptual learning.
Students participate in workshops and seminars with top data scientists, economists and finance professionals from around the world.
Given the corporate connections used in the programme, students get the opportunity to participate in live projects.
Further, upon completion of the programme, students are assisted in internships and full-time job placements.
Students from their PG Certificate course in Economics are currently working at leading firms in consulting, finance, data analytics, public policy and industry.
The programme is meant for graduates from any discipline who would like to learn data analytics with the blend of economics and finance to solve real-world problems.
The programme is also useful for young professionals who would like to develop applied postgraduate skills to further their careers.
3. Certificate Programme in Business Analytics
Offered by Indian School of Business (ISB)
Course Duration: 15 months
The Certificate Programme in Business Analytics offered by ISB is a 15-month part-time blended programme (classroom sessions and online learning).
Classes will be held on campus once in 2 months for a 5-day schedule. Students come from diverse backgrounds resulting in good classroom discussions and peer learning.
The course is divided into 3 terms preceeded by a pre-term and followed by a Capstone project.
The course curriculum is very well structured and covers analytics tools and techniques, business fundamental concepts and also includes Forecasting, Pricing, Customer, Financial and Retail and Supply chain Analytics.
This ensures that students are exposed to applications of business analytics in different domains. Industrial talks from experts is also an added value.
Pre-term introduces basics of and probability and programming which will be useful to refresh the concepts of probability and for non-programmers to learn the basics of programming.
4. Post-Graduate Programme in Data Science, Business Analytics and Big Data
Jointly offered by Jigsaw Academy, and SDA Bocconi, Milan
Course duration: 10 months
This is a 10-month blended (classroom sessions and online learning) executive programme offered by Jigsaw Academy in collaboration with SDA Bocconi, Milan a renowned business school in the world.
It is designed for working professionals who are looking for leadership roles in the analytics field.
The curriculum is designed such that students get an exposure to different areas and in managerial and business applications of data science.
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