IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur offering free online courses

IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur have announced free e-learning courses for students. The courses will focus on quantum computing and cloud computing.

Lasting four weeks and free, the course offered by IIT Madras is in partnership with IBM Research and IBM Systems.


The course title “Introduction to Quantum Computing: Quantum Algorithms and Qiskit” will introduce students to the basics of quantum computing and discuss the computational quantum circuit model and basic quantum algorithms.

On the other hand, IIT Kharagpur is offering a free 12-week online cloud computing course and will provide an introduction to different aspects of cloud computing – fundamentals, management issues, security challenges and future research trends.

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Quantum Computing Course from IIT Madras

Free and open to UG and PG level students, this course will be taught by researchers and professors from the Computer Science and Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry departments.

It will provide hands-on experience using Qiskit – a Pythonic programming method and IBM Circuit Composer. If students need a certificate after completing the course, they can register and take a proctored exam at one of the centers. They will have to pay a certification exam fee of Rs 1,000 after completing the online registration form. These certificates will be graded based on homework and exam results.

Course registration is open now and will close on August 1, 2022. The course duration is July 25, 2022 to August 19, 2022, and the exam will take place on September 25, 2022.

To join the quantum computing course, click on here.

Cloud Computing Course from IIT Kharagpur

Just like that of its counterpart in Madras, the cloud computing course at IIT Kharagpur is available for UG and PG level students and researchers. Students are advised to have a basic understanding of the architecture and organization of computers, as well as networks.

Students wishing to hone their skills in computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, electrical engineering, systems, and programming should opt for this course.

An optional exam will take place for those who wish to obtain a certificate at the end of the course. The same rules apply here – register for the exam by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 and taking the exam at one of the designated exam centers.

Students will receive certificates based on their collective homework and exam scores.

The course is now open for registration and the registration date will end on August 1, 2022. The course will take place from July 25, 2022 to October 14, 2022 and the exam date is October 30, 2022.

To register for the cloud computing course, visit here.

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Karen O. Fielding