IBM Launches a Free Blockchain Program for Students in India

The rise of blockchain technology is fueling demand in relevant skill sets, with institutes and countries around the world launching educational initiatives. The latest to introducesuch a program is the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

In collaboration with American technology giant IBM, India’s National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) launched a 12-week online course on blockchain architecture, design and uses, on June 19, 2018.

The authority noted the benefits of blockchain technology, and acknowledged UpWork’s Skills Index for Q1 2018 which considers “blockchain skills” as the most “in-demand skillset in the technology industry.”

The course is India’s first educational effort on distributed ledger technology and adheres to the country’s political stance of calling out cryptocurrencies yet embracing blockchain.

The academia-industry joint venture targets to cover several aspects of the blockchain, including the fundamental design, system structure, security, while exploring new use-cases for the technology.

Students can enroll for the course from July 2018, and aim to develop over practical and conceptual skill sets pertaining to the technology. All coursework will be available free-of-cost on the NPTEL website, but the certificate will be subject to fees and an online exam…

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