IBM in collaboration with Indian e-learning platform, National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is offering “free” blockchain technology course for students in India. Enrollment is now ongoing as reported in CCN.
The said course called “Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases” is a 12-week online program. The instructors are Praveen Jayachandran, Blockchain and Smart Contracts researcher at IBM India and Sandip Chakraborty, a professor at IIT Guwahati.
Since this is an online course, anyone around the world may enroll and take the course. However, the final exam will only be administered in select cities in India.
For this program, the students must deliver weekly tasks and pass the final exam in order for them for them to receive their certificates. The certificates will be co-signed by IBM.
Various government authorities and private entities in India acknowledged the benefits of blockchain technology. Thus, NPTEL (a joint project by two of the most reputable engineering institutions in India, IITs and IISc) and India’s Education of Ministry work together to make this “free blockchain program” happen. India’s Education of Ministry sponsored the free course.
For the meantime, the said program will cover different areas of blockchain which include fundamental design,security, and system structure. They will still study and see for the other possible applications of this new technology.
According to a published content in TNW, if the course provided in the website will be followed, then they will not only explore blockchain but also cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Also, the use and importance of blockchain in several industries like supply chain, finance, healthcare,insurance, etc. will be discussed.
Jayachandran explained to The Hindu, a local publication regarding IBM’s involvement in the said free blockchain education program:
Currently, the most known applications of blockchain technology are cryptocurrencies. But blockchain technology is progressing and is now being applied in various businesses such as supply chain management, business process management, and other industries.
The interest among students and even professionals to learn about blockchain technology is increasing. In the succeeding months, it will not be surprising to see more free blockchain technology education being offered in various parts of the world.