Data is in abundance and for corporations, big or small, investment in data analytics is no more a discretionary spend, but a mandatory investment for competitive advantage. In fact, by 2019, 90% of large organizations will have a Chief Data Officer. Indian data analytics industry alone is expected to grow to $2.3 billion by 2017-18. UpGrad’s survey also shows that leaders across industries are looking at data as a key growth driver in the future and believe that the data analytics wave is here to stay.
This growth wave has created a critical supply-demand imbalance of professionals with the adequate know-how of making data-driven decisions. The scarcity exists across Data Engineers, Data Analysts and becomes more acute when it comes to Data Scientists. As a result of this imbalance, India will face an acute shortage of at least 2 lac data skilled professionals over the next couple of years.
In pursuit of bridging this gap, UpGrad has partnered with IIIT Bangalore, to deliver a first-of-its-kind online PG Diploma program in Data Analytics, which over the years will train 10,000 professionals. Offering a perfect mix of academic rigor and industry relevance, the program is meant for all those working professionals who wish to accelerate their career in data analytics.
The Data Analytics Course at UpGrad will include modules in Statistics, Data Visualization & Business Intelligence, Predictive Modeling, Machine Learning, and Big Data. Additionally, the program will feature a 3-month project where students will work on real industry problems in a domain of their choice. The first batch of the program is scheduled to start on May 2016.