Scholarships and paid research and teaching assistantships are generally associated with Masters and PhD programs in the US. These are certainly not offered for shorter-term certificate programs anywhere in the world. International School of Engineering (INSOFE), Hyderabad is set to change all that with their SPARKLE – Scholarships and Paid Assistantships to ReKindle LEarning – program.
INSOFE recently announced that they will be offering full scholarships and paid assistantships to 5 people who enrol in their upcoming 13th batch of the Certificate Program in Engineering Excellence (CPEE) in Big Data Analytics and Optimization starting June 30, 2015.
The CPEE program is listed # 3 globally alongside certificate programs of Columbia and Stanford universities among “11 Big Data Certifications That Will Pay Off” by CIO.com.
At a time when education, especially world-class education, is becoming very expensive, this initiative by INSOFE brings a breath of fresh air. When asked about the motivation for this initiative, Dr. Sridhar Pappu, co-founder and Executive VP – Academics at INSOFE, said, “It is our way of attracting the brighter minds in this country to come and take up knowledge work rather than be stuck doing regular jobs and wasting their talent. And they should be able to do it without incurring any financial burden, even if our pricing is lower than that of similar programs from other reputed institutes.”
So, what does it really cost to do this 6-month certificate program that is certified for its quality of content, pedagogy and assessment by the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University? “The selected fellows will be given complete fee waiver of Rs 2.85 Lakhs inclusive of taxes. Not only that, they will also earn Rs 1.5 Lakhs during the program (Rs 30,000 per month from the second month of the program) as Research Fellows working on challenging, cutting-edge, real-world client projects under the expert guidance of INSOFE’s globally acclaimed faculty and team of senior Data Scientists”, said Dr. Dakshinamurthy V. Kolluru, co-founder and President of INSOFE.
INSOFE is offering these scholarships to people with 0-3 years of work experience. The candidates will have to take an in-person examination test on 3rd May’15 at INSOFE campus in Hyderabad in addition to their regular online entrance, followed by a group discussion and a personal interview, to qualify for these awards. They will have to work 32 hours per week from INSOFE’s office and attend classes over the weekends.
“If you consider yourself to be a gem, let INSOFE bring out the sparkle in you. Instead of paying, get paid to get the highest quality education free of cost”, added Dr. Pappu.
To learn more about INSOFE’s CPEE and the SPARKLE program, www.insofe.edu.in or call +91 9502334562
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Dr. Dakshinamurthy V Kolluru, is President of International School of Engineering, an institute offering classroom based certificate programs in Data Science and Big Data in Hyderabad and eLearning certificate programs in Predictive Analytics and Big Data. You can learn more about the school and people at http://www.insofe.edu.in.