IBM and NPTEL have joined hands to provide completely free certificate course on Blockchain technology to students in India. NPTEL is a combined venture of a few of the very reputed engineering schools in India (IITs and IISc). The lecturer for this class is Praveen Jayachandran, Smart contacts and Blockchain researcher in IBM India along with Sandip Chakraborty, also a professor at IIT Guwahati.
The enrolment for this program is now available; however, the coursework won’t be accessible until July 30. Learners will have to complete weekly assignments and successfully clear the final examination at the conclusion of the class to get their certification that is co-signed by IBM. While anyone throughout the world can sign up for the classes and learn the technology, the final exam will be held offline in select Indian cities.
According to the syllabus supplied on the site, the class will teach both the cryptocurrencies (notably Bitcoin and Ethereum) along with concepts of the blockchain, as well as the technology’s usefulness in industries like supply chain and digital identity. Novels by Bitcoin enthusiast Andreas Antonopoulos and Institute of Blockchain Research’ Melanie Swan along with IBM’s published work on this technology forms the reading list for the class.
There’s been an increase in the fascination with blockchain technology among students in India following the global trend. UC Berkeley introduced a similar course earlier that witnessed almost 8,000 students signup. It will not be a shock when we find more such classes gearing up in the not too distant future.