The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras is launching an advanced diploma program in virtual reality through both online and offline mediums. Anyone with a prior engineering background or students currently studying in any engineering institution across the country can sign up for the course.
The institution is partnering with Japanese research firm Monolith for the course with an annual intake of 50 students. The applications will be released in November 2021, and the classes for the first batch commence from January 2022.
M Manivannan, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, said, “Virtual Reality is inherently a practical and an interdisciplinary course. Offering such an experiential and interdisciplinary course online is quite challenging.”
The program aims to address the increased demand for professionals skilled in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality (XR), and haptics technology.
Yathirajan Varadharajan, Director of Monolith, said, “Various studies and research papers on immersive technology suggests that it has the potential to boost the global economy by US$ 1.5 trillion by adding 23 million jobs globally including new jobs that do not exist now or by enhancing the existing jobs by 2030. This economic growth is under threat due to the lack of availability of skilled resources for employers across the globe.”
Potential sectors that could offer jobs to the graduates include IT companies, animation industries, architecture, engineering industries, healthcare, and media production.
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