Analytics training has gained popularity in recent times. The explosive growth in business analytics has led to a huge shortfall of resources. Consequently many academic and professional institutes have come out with courses in analytics.
IIT Bombay has a 1 year course in advanced analytics. This course is offered in a distance learning format in collaboration with Hughes Technologies. Eligibility for this course is a minimum of 50% marks in Graduation.
IIM Calcutta offers a similar course (also in collaboration with Hughes). This is again a distance learning course with classes conducted through video conferences. Graduates with minimum 50% marks and 2 years of work experience may apply. The IIM Calcutta course has strong elements of finance and business management in the course which may not strictly come under business analytics.
MICA Is another MBA institute that offers course in market research and data analytics. This program focuses on building a strong foundation in Market Research & Data Analytics for entry-level to mid-level professionals.
IIM Bangalore’s 1 year course is relatively newer but is fast becoming popular in the field of analytics.The course consists of six modules and a project. The duration of each module is 5 days. In addition there is an optional module on, “Applied Analytics using SAS Enterprise Miner” which is carried out by SAS Institute’s analytical consultants and is mapped on to the international predictive modeling certification using SAS enterprise miner.
Here are the eligibility criteria for the IIM B course –
The participants should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering/science/commerce or arts with mathematics as one of the subjects during their Bachelor’s programme. The participants of Executive Education are expected to have at least 5 years of work experience. For profiles with exceptional qualifications, the experience criteria may be waived.
The reviews of the IIM courses as well as the IIT Bombay course are similar. The courses cover a wide variety of topics and of course come with strong brand names. But they struggle to bridge the gap between theory and practical. The exposure to real life case studies, real business data sets and real business problems is not as rich as it could be. Here is a review of the course by one of the IIT Bombay alumnus. http://himanshumanroa.blogspot.in/2012/05/is-advanced-analytics-course-from-iit.html
For those not satisfied with what is available in India, the North Carolina State university offers a 1 year course in advanced analytics in collaboration with the SAS institute. This course is obviously focused heavily on the SAS Institute’s tools and many of the students get hired by SAS at the end of the course.
There are many new offerings that are coming out every year. This is a round-up of some of the established analytics courses in India and abroad. I hope you find it useful.