IIT Kanpur to help make India’s Communication Systems, including 5G, robust with eMasters Degree program in Communication Systems


India, November 8, 2022: The rapid changes in modern digital communication systems have created a dire need for a highly skilled workforce across the globe. With the 5G launch in India and work on 6G ongoing, the communication systems sector is seeing an uptick for skilled resources. With the advent of Industry 4.0 and with the Central Government’s emphasis on developing more localized use cases for 5G, India would require skilled professionals who are well-equipped in communication and allied technologies. Professionals who can design, build, and deploy modern digital communication systems would have an edge in India’s digital transformation journey. It is to address this need and to assist working professionals in upskilling themselves, IIT Kanpur is offering a one-of-a-kind eMasters degree in Communication Systems. 

The comprehensive program will train professionals in equipment and device technology that aid in delivering expertise in voice, data, and multimedia information. To meet the various industry needs, professionals will also be trained in designing, operating, installing, and practicing communication systems based on 5G, 6G, and edge computing. The program will go beyond 5G and provide an in-depth understanding of technology disruption.

With India’s sprint as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and with a robust software industry taking lead, 5G is set to bring in paradigm shifts across sectors. There has already been various disruptive changes across sectors with 4G, and mobile broadband strengthening its root in the market by providing seamless facilities for healthcare services, remote working, e-commerce, education, etc. 5G will go beyond just faster downloads, and would usher in the concepts of ‘connected homes,’ ‘connected clinics’ etc., that will change the way we live.

Government estimates suggests that the 5G sector in India is expected to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.4%, between 2020 and 2025, and with the 5G rollout, the revenues of the telecom industry are expected to be at a CAGR of 10.1% between 2023 and 2025. This will surely open up more avenues in the job sector, but a report by Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) suggests that there is a supply-demand gap of 28% in India’s telecom sector and 21.1% for tech talent as of 2022.

IIT Kanpur’s eMasters degree program in Communication Systems is curated to fill such dire gaps and to upskill the existing workforce. IIT Kanpur is already part of the multi-institutional project funded by Department of Telecommunications to develop India’s Indigenous 5G Test Bed. An IIT Kanpur team led by Prof Rohit Budhiraja developed the Baseband Unit (BBU) of the 5G NR base station. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi recently mentioned about IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras’ joint showcase on 5G Technologies at IInvenTiv 2022, the first all-IITs R&D Fair held at IIT Delhi, in his Mann ki Baat.

With such expertise in 5G and emerging technologies, the eMasters degree program designed by the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, aims to fulfil the requirements of the Communication Systems sector in India. This executive-friendly program does not require a GATE score to apply and comes with a flexible completion deadline of 1-3 years. World-class faculty and researchers from IIT Kanpur share knowledge through weekend-only live interactive classes coupled with self-paced learning. 

The program has a 60-credit, 12-module industry-focused curriculum. It gives learners access to IIT Kanpur placement cell, incubation cell, and alumni network, leading to successful career advancement and networking experience. The immersive learning format also allows professionals to visit the IIT Kanpur campus to meet the eminent faculty and network with experienced professionals. Professionals signing up for the eMasters degree will gain multidimensional expertise to shape India’s transformative journey in communication systems. Unlike most other diploma or professional courses, the eMasters degree program at IIT Kanpur also gives formal Senate-approved degrees at the convocation. After the successful completion of two cycles of enrolments, applications for the third batch are being accepted for an extended deadline of 12th November 2022.

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About IIT Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, is one of the premier institutions set up by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was assisted by nine leading institutions of the U.S.A in the setting up of its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. With its record of path-breaking innovations and cutting-edge research, the institute is known the world over as a learning center of repute in engineering, science, and several interdisciplinary areas. The institute has been consistently ranked among top engineering colleges by NIRF.  In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.

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