New Delhi, July 1 -- HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Tuesday launched what his ministry called the "world's first ever" online BSc degree in Programming and Data Science at the Indian Institute of Management (IIT), Madras.

The launch of the online programme comes at a time when the government is focusing on virtual learning modes due to restrictions imposed on classroom teaching on account of Covid-19 pandemic. The government has allowed the country's best 100 institutes to start online courses.

Addressing the participants, Pokhriyal lauded IIT-Madras for the launch of the online BSc programme and said the batch of students which is completing their class 12 in 2020 is eligible to apply. Graduates and working professionals can also ...