Top 6 Full Time Analytics Courses In India- Ranking 2017

Keeping in line with our recently published ranking on top 10 executive analytics courses in India, we bring to you another ranking for full time courses in analytics and related domain. While both executive and full time courses offer an extensive training on the analytical, statistical and data science tools, the difference lies mostly in the target candidates. On one hand, where executive courses are designed mostly for working professionals to accommodate skill upgradation along with their working hours, full time courses are best suited for fresher and those willing to take a sabbatical from their work to excel in the area of analytics.

With this year’s ranking, which often remains a daunting task for candidates to chose amongst a plethora of options, we have tried to ease out their efforts by rating these courses on the basis of course content, pedagogy, external collaborations, faculty, brand value and other attributes like placement assistance, LMS, events, virtual labs and others. The parameters have been rated on a scale of 1-5 (where 1 is for Worst and 5 is for Best) individually to arrive at an overall ranking. The study also considered students as well as expert feedback before arriving at Top 6 Full Time Analytics Courses in India – Ranking 2017.

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1. PG Diploma in Business Analytics – IIM Calcutta, ISI Kolkata & IIT Kharagpur (Tri-Institute course)

  • Headquarter: Kolkata and Kharagpur
  • Year of inception: 2015
  • Cities of Operation: Kolkata and Kharagpur
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • Duration of Program: 24 months (18- Classroom, 6 – Internship)
  • No. of hours: 30 classroom hours a week

The two years’ full time residential program is offered by ISI, IIT KGP and IIMC. It provides students a lifetime experience of learning from not one but three of the premier institutions of the country. They develop a strong business acumen at IIM Calcutta, a sound statistics background at ISI and at IIT Kharagpur they learn to apply various machine learning techniques.

Course Content (Rating 4.9): The first semester at Indian Statistical Institute consists of 5 courses including statistical structures in data, stochastic process, inference, computational data science and DBMS. The second semester at IIT Kharagpur explores machine learning techniques, time series models, cloud computing and information retrieval. The third semester is offered by IIM Calcutta and covers a range of topics from business data mining, categorical data analytics, product management etc.

Pedagogy (Rating 4.9): The teaching methods and curriculum at the three institutes complement each other to give students the most comprehensive learning of business analytics. The course finds the optimal balance between the theoretical concepts of data science and their applications to business problems. Students get to regularly interact with industry experts through invited talks and guest lectures, where experts talk about latest trends and challenges in the industry. The course leverages the best of the three institutes in their respective fields of expertise, i.e., statistics, technology and business.

Faculty (Rating 4.9): No. of faculties with PhD in ISI are 201, IIMC is 81 and IITKGP is 57, whereas those with industry experience are 42, 3 and 8 respectively. All the faculties teaching PGDBA have a PhD in their respective fields from reputed institutes all around the globe. Students have the opportunity to interact and participate in projects with any faculty in the 3 institutes at any point of time during the course.

External Collaboration (Rating 4.8):  The inception of PGDBA was borne out of a collaboration between the industry and academia. A day-long conclave held at IIM Calcutta on January 2015.

Brand Value (Rating 4.9): Indian Statistical Institute(ISI) is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, social sciences and natural sciences. The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur(IIT KGP), is the first of the IITs to be established in 1951. Whereas, the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) was established as the first national institute for Postgraduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961.

Other Attributes (Rating 4.9): The course has a mandatory 6-month internship at the end of the course, assistance for which is provided by the institutes. Virtual lab events consist of simulation of management game to get hands-on knowledge of industry growth and estimation techniques so as to allocate a company’s budget accordingly. Data Science Laboratory(DSL) at IIT Kharagpur with multiple GPU’s is one of the best in the country to process big data and carry out analysis on the same. The tri-institute nature of the course helps the students to coordinate with students from other courses of the three Institutes in various events.

The overall rating is 4.88

2. PGP in Business Analytics – Praxis Business School

  • Headquarter: Kolkata
  • Year of inception: 2007
  • Cities of Operation: Kolkata, Bangalore
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • Duration of Program: 9 months
  • No. of hours: 500 hours of classroom training + projects and assignments

Praxis Business School with campuses in Kolkata & Bangalore, was established in Kolkata in 2007 with an initial academic collaboration with XLRI and offers full time courses in business management, business analytics and weekend classroom programs in big data analytics. The Postgraduate Program in Business Analytics has two intakes in a year – January and July, at Kolkata and Bangalore.

Course Content (Rating 4.6): The full time course is a rigorous program that aims at equipping students with the tools, techniques and skills to enable a seamless absorption into the domain of analytics and grow into the roles of Data Scientists.

Pedagogy (Rating 4.6): Business Analytics lies at the intersection of three key disciplines, namely statistics, programming and the targeted business domain and the program at Praxis is designed to address all three in significant depth.

Faculty (Rating 4.7): The faculty to student ratio is 1:8. Almost 16% of faculties are with PhD, whereas 92% with industry experience. Dr. Mukherjee, the Director of the program, is a thought leader in this field and features among the top-ten academicians in analytics.

External Collaboration (Rating 4.6): There is a considerable participation of the industry in design and delivery of the Analytics program at Praxis Business School. The curriculum has emerged after considerable discussion with industry practitioners. ICICI Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers are knowledge supporters in the program.

Brand Value (Rating 4.5): Praxis has witnessed a significant growth in its enrolments with enrolments in 2017 witnessing a growth of 232% over 2016 numbers. Its alumni are settled well in the industry, and many of them have been able to bag excellent profiles such as consultant, business advisory analyst in Accenture, senior business analyst in Flipkart, head of data sciences in and others.

Other Attributes (Rating 4.6): The program enables an aspirant to get his/her first job in analytics, and have the right curriculum, pedagogy, student profile and placement process in place, so that placements will happen. They have virtual labs where SAS, R, Python are set up on student laptops.

The overall rating is 4.60

3. PG Diploma in Data Science- Manipal Global Academy Of Data Science

  • Headquarter: Bangalore
  • Year of inception: 2016
  • Cities of Operation: Bangalore
  • Mode of Delivery: Primarily classroom based
  • Duration of Program: 9 months + 2 months’ internship (on stipend)
  • No. of hours: 360 hours of classroom and 490 hours of tutorials and hands-on learning

Manipal Global Academy of Data Science offers cutting-edge learning solutions in the data science field and is backed by Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE), a pioneer in higher education and allied services. Full-time PGD in Data Science mainly focuses on fresh college graduates interested in building their careers in the field of data science. The diploma is awarded by Manipal University. 

Course Content (Rating 4.5): This program is designed with an optimal blend of rigour and relevance and includes in-depth content from foundation to advanced level. The course content includes programming for data science, machine learning, database management systems, data visualization, advanced big data technologies, exploratory data analysis and electives.  

Pedagogy (Rating 4.4): The lectures are delivered by industry experts and practitioners

Lectures delivered by industry experts, practitioners, where students are exposed to data science ecosystem through case studies, industry visits, hackathons, webinars.

Faculty (Rating 4.6): The full time faculty to student ratio is 2:45. 20 % of faculty have a PhD, 50 % of faculty have 5+ years of experience, whereas 84% of faculty have 10 + years of experience.

External Collaboration (Rating 4.5): The institute has alliances and partnerships with both industry and academia. Industry collaboration includes those with Genpact, Experian and Big Data University (an IBM led initiative), whereas academic collaborations are with Manipal University, Deakin University.

Brand Value (Rating 4.6): Manipal Global Education Services is a leading India-headquartered international provider of high-quality higher education and enterprise learning services.

Other Attributes (Rating 4.4): It has a dedicated placement cell with intensive soft skill training, CV and interview preparations. The students work on a virtual machine set up individually or as teams for each course they undergo. It conducts hackathons and outbound learning for team building. It provides 24/7 access to content through LMS.

The overall rating is 4.50

4. PGP in Business Analytics- International Institute of Digital Technologies

  • Headquarter: Tirupati
  • Year of inception: 2016
  • Cities of Operation: Tirupati
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom training aided with online tutorials
  • Duration of Program: 11 months
  • No. of hours: 560 hours

IIDT is set up under APEITA (Andhra Pradesh Electronics & IT Agency), an autonomous society of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to promote Information Technology and Electronics industry. It currently offers 1 year PGP in Business Analytics in partnership with Praxis Business School and 1 year PGP in Cyber Security in partnership with Gujrat Forensic University.

Course Content (Rating 4.5): The course is divided into four terms. The first term includes subjects like excel, business analytics approach, machine learning, statistics, R, SAS, RDBMS, managerial communication. Second terms consist of introduction to Python, advanced statistics, big data/spark, web analytics, retail analytics, econometrics, business finance accounting.

Pedagogy (Rating 4.4): With a focus on transformational pedagogical approach, the model is focused on developing the digital DNA through a combination of personalized learning and collaborative approaches like classroom coaching, live projects and industry driven research. Face-to-face classroom training creates in-depth absorption of the theoretical concepts while the lab sessions aid the understanding with hands-on practice.

Faculty (Rating 4.5): It has a faculty to student ratio of 8:22, with two faculties having PhD and all but one faculty member have a considerable industry experience. They invite guest lectures from industry through their network.

External Collaboration (Rating 4.4): They have collaborations with multiple bodies including corporate entities to get more exposure to the students. Some of the mentor organizations are APEITA, Govt of AP, Citi Bank, Bhaarathi Axa, Syf, Edge Folio, Solix, Scalend, Mindtree, Vasar Labs.

Brand Value (Rating 4.5): IIDT is an initiative by the government of AP, under the dynamic leadership of Honourable Chief Minister, Sri. Nara Chandrababu Naidu Garu, who has initiated the establishment of IIDT, under the guidance of Mr. J. A. Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary & IT Advisor to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Other Attributes (Rating 4.4): IIDT collaborates with its academic partner, Praxis Business School, to offer a rigorous campus placement program.  It provides both physical and virtual labs for students’ practical sessions. CISCO and KII Corporation have set up their Centers of Excellence (CoEs) at IIDT. IIDT with Govt. of AP collaboration conducts own events. Currently the classes are stored in CLOUD to access for later use for our students.

The overall rating is 4.45

5. Big Data & Visual Analytics – SP Jain School of Global Management

  • Headquarter: Dubai
  • Year of inception: 2004
  • Cities of Operation: Mumbai
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • Duration of Program: 6 months
  • No. of hours: 400

An Australian business school of Indian origin, with campuses in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney, the School offers a plethora of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and doctoral programs with a motive of crafting leaders for the 21st century workplace. Their full-time MBA and Global MBA programs have significant recognition as evinced through global rankings.

Course Content (Ranking 4.5): From data mining, machine learning and cloud computing to Linux, algorithmic training and Internet of Things, SP Jain’s BDVA program takes you deep into every aspect of big data. And, not simply from a theoretical perspective, but also through practical, real-world projects and industry internships.

Pedagogy (Ranking 4.3): The full time program has three important pedagogical aspects. The learning is based on three pillars of big data mining, machine learning and cloud computing platforms. BDVA program starts from basics and fundamentals and includes hand-on practical, real-world projects and industry internships.

Faculty (Ranking 4.5): It has one faculty for every three students. No. of faculties with PhD is 7 and that with industry experience is 10.

External Collaboration (Ranking 4.3): It has external collaborations with technology providers like Google, Microsoft, Tableau, Qlik, IBM, SAP, SAS. Many corporates help them bring best practices and up-skilling orientations such as Capgemini, PWC, Deloitte, TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, L&T Infotech.

Brand Value (Ranking 4.6): S P Jain is registered as a Higher Education Provider in Australia and its world class business courses are accredited by the Department of Education/Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia, and licensed by the Council of Private Education, Singapore and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai. Apart from this, its industry association and placement speaks of its reputation.

Other Attributes (Ranking 4.4): The institute offers placement assistance to students completing a course with them. Other facilities are virtual labs like Google cloud platform and IBM labs, hackathons, workshops, info sessions, master class, Google classroom etc.

The overall rating is 4.43

6. Master of Business Administration (Data Sciences and Data Analytics)- Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology

  • Headquarter: Pune
  • Year of inception: 1999
  • Cities of Operation: Pune
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • Duration of Program: Full Time Two Year residential programme
  • No. of hours: 1500 hours

SCIT is committed to nurturing genuine IT talent to help them become future leaders in Information Technology arena. The institute supports their transformation with innovative teaching-learning methodology, state-of-the-art computer labs, platform for peer learning and opportunities to learn management in real time.

Course Content (Rating 4.3): It is the only B-School offering MBA (DS & DA) in India, aiming at developing management professionals for data sciences and data analytics stream. The program enables students to approach data using scientific methods and develop the ability to think about the real problems that need to be solved, not to simply find technical solutions.

Pedagogy (Rating 4.2): The teaching pedagogy consists of teaching through PowerPoint presentations, lectures, videos, white papers, case studies, MOOC courses, Open source software tools.

Faculty (Rating 4.3): The faculty to student ratio is 1:12. They have two faculty members with PhD and others with relevant academic/ industry experience.

External Collaboration (Rating 4.3): Cummins had reviewed their curriculum and participated in providing and conducting use case presentations in data mining, multivariate statistics.

Brand Value (Rating 4.6): SCIT is a premier IT Business School nurturing genuine IT talent. Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology, a constituent of Symbiosis International University has been a pioneer and a leader in imparting education in the niche area of Information Technology Business Management in India for more than a decade.

Other Attributes (Rating 4.1): They provide placement assistance and use N computing machines in computer labs. They conduct National Seminars and students get to participate in interesting summits across the country.

The overall rating is 4.30

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Bhasker is a techie turned media entrepreneur. Bhasker started AIM in 2012, out of a desire to speak about emerging technologies and their commercial, social and cultural impact. Earlier, Bhasker worked as Vice President at Goldman Sachs. He is a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

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