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IIIT-B and UpGrad Announce the Largest Initiative to Build Awareness on ‘Data Analytics

MUMBAI (Agency): At a time when the majority of the professionals are facing the brunt of automation resulting in job losses, IIIT-B along with India’s leading online education platform UpGrad announces the largest drive to build awareness about the infinite number of opportunities in the data analytics space. The multi-city road show titled ‘Data Analytics – A Career of the Future’ will bring together the most influential analytics leaders and academicians of the country across 6 cities – Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai – to share insights on how data analytics is the most promising career of the future and what working professionals can do to build a successful career in analytics.

As per a recent study, India is amongst the top 10 markets in the world with high demand for analytics and data science professionals, and the number is only growing. Through the roadshow, IIIT-B and UpGrad aim to make working professionals aware about how Data Analytics is shaping the full spectrum of industries – from mainstream sectors like retail, BFSI, insurance to e-commerce to unconventional industries like casinos – sectors which are ripe for disruption by analytics, where these next 100,000 jobs are coming from, and what measures can one take to build a successful career in analytics as well as existing career options.

Kick-started in Bangalore, the road show will see participation from more than 30000 professionals across IT, Banking & Finance and Retail industries for over 25 analytics events – webinars, workshops, conclaves, and hackathons across 6 cities. More than 40 industry and academic experts from IIIT Bangalore, Gramener, GenPact, Analytics Vidhya, Roadrunner, Tata IQ, UpGrad and more are onboard to interact with the aspirants and guide them.

Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore said, “Analytics is a huge opportunity for India, from wealth and jobs creation standpoint and we need to be prepared to capture this potential. In this pursuit, we are delighted to announce this roadshow and the IIIT-B UpGrad PG Diploma program to help professionals gear up for the analytics wave that is sweeping the country across industries. I am sure this roadshow will provide data aspirants just the right push to accelerate their careers in Analytics.”

Adding to this, Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder & MD, UpGrad said, “We, at UpGrad, have always had a forward vision when it comes to training and upskilling working professionals. Keeping this vision in mind, we partnered with IIIT Bangalore for a year-long Data Analytics program. We feel that, in the years to come, no industry will be left untouched by data sciences or analytics. The profession is already in demand in many parts of the world including India. Having said that, there is still a major gap in the demand and supply of industry-ready professionals in the field. Many who are looking at Analytics as a profession are posed with many questions with regards to the possible job options. With this roadshow, we aim to address these questions and hopefully reduce the demand-supply gap.”

Earlier this year, IIIT-B partnered with UpGrad for an academically rigorous and industry-relevant PG Diploma Program in Data Analytics, with an aim to train over 10,000 professionals in the field. The 11-month online program covers the depth and breadth of the subject, exposes the students to real industry challenges and also gives four industry options to specialize in. This program, which was curated for working professionals to acquire industry know-how, grow their professional network, and accelerate their career in data analytics, now aims at bridging the talent gap by preparing professionals for this foreseen demand of the industry.

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