UpGrad, the online education platform for working professionals and IIIT-B have tied up with SocialCops for their Data Analytics program. SocialCops is a data intelligence company that leverages data and technology to bring the entire decision making process to one place — from collecting and merging to visualizing data. As a part of this tie up, UpGrad will leverage their knowledge and case studies to train students to be able to use the power of technology, mobile and community to improve decision making using data sourced from grassroots.

One of the case studies shared will include SocialCops’s study on small and marginal farmers' data where they identified areas in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha where farmers needed support in training and nutrition.

Speaking about the partnership, Prukalpa Sankar, Co-Founder SocialCops said, "At SocialCops, we are big believers in the power of data in driving critical decisions. We are constantly looking for ways to educate people on how to make data work for them. Our partnership with UpGrad is a significant step in this direction. We are excited to share learnings from some of the most complex problems we have worked on with UpGrad's community of professionals looking to accelerate their career in data analytics. We hope to build many more such meaningful conversations with UpGrad."

Adding on Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder & MD, UpGrad said, “SocialCops is playing an instrumental role in revolutionizing decision-making and governance at all levels — right from the national to village-level — by leveraging data and its technology-based platform. We are excited to collaborate with them and will add another aspect to our program.”

The 12 month academically rigorous and industry relevant Data Analytics program, co-developed by IIIT-Bangalore and UpGrad also features mentors, case studies and guest lecturers from Uber, Genpact, Cognizant Technologies, Gramener among others. According to experts, Data Analytics industry in India alone is expected to face a shortage of at least 2 lac data scientists. This program, which was curated for working professionals to acquire industry know-how, grow their professional network, and accelerate their career in data analytics, now aims at bridging this gap by readying professionals for this foreseen demand of the industry. As a part of this partnership, SocialCops will also look at recruiting quality analytics talent from this program for their Data Analytics teams.

The program will have industry leaders such as Sameer Dhanrajani (Business Leader, Analytics & Data Sciences, Cognizant Technology Solutions), Ujjyaini Mitra (Associate Director, Analytics, Flipkart), Kalpana Subbaramappa (Ex-AVP, Genpact), Vinit Vishal (Head-Analytics, Arvind Brands) among many others as individual contributors for the program.

With this program, IIIT-Bangalore and UpGrad aim to train over 10,000 professionals in the field of data analytics. The curriculum covers the depth and breadth of the subject in the form of interactive lectures, live sessions and a 3-month capstone project mentored by industry professionals.

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