IIT-Madras to launch special course

Chennai: The Indian Institute of Madras (IIT-M) will launch a course on ‘Out of the Box Thinking’ through Mathematics to encourage innovative thinking. The Institute is targeting as many as one Million school and college students, besides working professionals and researchers as well through this course, which is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country. These courses will be offered in online mode free of cost through IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, a Sec 8 company of IIT Madras, which will also issue the Grade Certification for students who take the examinations at a
nominal fee.

The final examination will be a proctored one conducted at centres in select cities across India, IIT-M Director Prov V.Kamakoti told reporters today. The course is being made available in online mode, free of cost, to everyone in India as well as in foreign countries. The four graded independent levels of the courses will be easily accessible to students, professionals and researchers. The First batch of the course is scheduled to commence on July one and the registrations will clsoe on June 24. Kamakoti said “This course is first-of-its-kind in India and will make a major impact in the days to come. We will see the benefits of this course in next
few years.”

The course is being offered free of cost. It course will greatly benefit the school and college students, especially those residing in rural India, he said. ‘Out of the box’ thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative
approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. In this unique course, such thinking is emphasized through rediscovering the known and unknown facts of mathematics logically with an interesting broader perception of the manner of doing it”, he added.