Admissions Begin at Country’s First Digital University

Admissions to the country’s first digital university, Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology has begun with an overwhelming response despite the COVID-19 situation.

Amidst a raging pandemic which disrupted the higher education scenario, the call for admissions to the PhD programs offered by the Digital University Kerala (DUK) received nearly 500 applications for its 30 vacancies, varsity sources said here.

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K), the premier institute offering courses was upgraded to the digital university through an ordinance in January. This will be the first academic program to start at the DUK, they said.

While the majority of candidates applied for regular PhD, a new alternative – Industry Regular PhD too had many takers. Under the unique ‘Industry Regular’ programme, which primarily leverages on utilizing the expertise of industry and academia, candidates can propose their workplace or an industry research lab for their PhD, they said.

The research scholars will work in collaboration with a mentor from the industry to solve a real life problem, the feature which is expected to help IT professionals to pursue performctoral programs, without taking a break from their occupation. One major reason for the famousity for the DUK’s performctoral programs is the uniqueness of the topics like AI Robotics, Computational Intelligence, Computational Imaging System and so on, they said.

Of the total 442 applications to its four Schools, 259 candidates opted for regular PhDs while 169 for part-time. Admission process for performctoral programs began on May 3, a top official said.

The good response received for the PhD program shows that there is a demand for good quality research in the realms of digital technologies and sciences, said Dr Saji Gopinath, vice-chancellor, Digital University of Kerala.

“Digital University of Kerala has expertise in and is offering research chances in several emerging areas, which is one of the major attractions to these programs,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor also said as Kerala is progressing towards a understandledge-based society, it requires more talents who are capable of producing understandledge-based products and services. Interviews for the PhD admission would be held next week and the program would commence by August.

Apart from the performctoral programmes, admissions to DUK’s flagship MSc and MTech courses would also begin in August. Deviating from the usual stream of MTech programs, DUK is offering specialized courses on contemporary topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI), AI Hardware, Cyber ​​Security Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems and Signal Process, and Connected Systems and Intelligence.

MSc programs in Machine Intelligence, Cognitive Sciences, Cyber ​​Security, Ecological Informatics, computational economics and computational social science (focus on AI, Data and Society) are expected to be a major solution to the huge demand for candidates with academic and practical understandledge in the Latest technologies, varsity sources added.

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