IIT Madras partners with great industry partners to offer programs

IIT Madras is partnering with multiple industries. This is done to offer employability-focused programs on ‘SWAYAM Plus’, a landmark initiative of the Union Ministry of Education.

As many as 24 MoUs with leading industry partners across multiple sectors were signed to offer skill and employability-focused online programs and internships, accessible to learners across the nation, say sources from IIT Madras.

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This takes SWAYAM Plus’ total Industry partners to 36. SWAYAM Plus, a landmark initiative by the Ministry of Education and IIT Madras, was launched by Dharmendra Pradhan, Education Minister, Government of India, on 27 February 2024.


Since its launch, more than 75,000 learners have benefited from more than 165 courses, of which 33 were aligned to the National Credit Framework across multiple sectors such as IT, Healthcare, BFSI, and Indian Knowledge Systems, among others, say sources from IIT Madras.


The MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) signed on campus recently in the presence of Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. R. Sarathi, Dean (Planning), IIT Madras, and Professor In-Charge, SWAYAM Plus, IIT Madras and the leadership teams of the industry partners.

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The MoUs cover a diverse range of fields, including Information Technology, Social Sciences, Banking and Finance, Soft Skills, Music, Management, Food Science, and Indian Knowledge Systems and internships ensuring comprehensive coverage of skill development across areas crucial for future employability.

Industry participation

IIT Madras director Prof V Kamakoti welcomed the industry participation in this skilling initiative.

These partnerships mark a significant step towards our mission of democratizing access to education and empowering learners in India in the years to come, said IIT Madras director.

SWAYAM Plus will have a key role to play in increasing the adoption of industry content among Universities.

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SWAYAM Plus will also be integrated with Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) for a smooth credit transfer and accumulation experience for all learners, he said.

Swayam Plus

SWAYAM Plus will have programmes in sectors such as Manufacturing, Energy, Computer Science and Engineering/IT/ITES, Management Studies, Teacher Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Tourism.

It will also have programs related to Social Science, Indian Knowledge Systems, Media and Communications, among other fields, say courses from IIT Madras.

The industry partnerships of SWAYAM Plus signify a commitment to enhancing educational outcomes and preparing learners for the evolving job market.

IIT MadrasDedication

Prof. R. Sarathi, Dean (Planning), IIT Madras emphasized IIT Madras dedication towards providing high-quality educational opportunities that meet the present and future demands of the industries.

We are thrilled to forge these strategic alliances with these esteemed industry leaders, and this is just the beginning, he said.

SWAYAM Plus aims to reach learners across the nation with diverse and high-quality multilingual content, internships and potentially even job opportunities in the future, made available to all at an affordable cost, said Prof Sarathi of IIT Madras.


SWAYAM Plus remains committed to expanding its reach and impact through innovative educational solutions to add 500 courses, 50,000 internships, 100 partners and a million learners in its first year, say sources from IIT Madras.

Further information about SWAYAM Plus and its initiatives can be obtained from the following website – https://swayam-plus.swayam2.ac.in

IIT MadrasAbout IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an ‘Institute of National Importance.’

The activities of the Institute in various fields of Science and Technology are carried out in 18 academic departments and several advanced interdisciplinary research academic centres.

The Institute offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to B.Tech., M.Sc., M.B.A., M.Tech., M.S., and Ph.D., degrees in a variety of specialisations.

IITM is a residential institute with more than 600 faculty and 9,500 students. Students from 18 countries are enrolled here.

IITM fosters an active entrepreneurial culture with strong curricular support and through the IITM Incubation Cell.

Recognized as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) in 2019, IITM has been ranked No.1 in the ‘Overall’ Category for the fifth consecutive year in NIRF 2023. 

The Institute has also been ranked No.1 in the ‘Engineering Institutions’ category in the same Rankings for eight consecutive years – from 2016 to 2023.

It was also adjudged as the ‘Top innovative Institution’ in the country in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

ARIIA Ranking was launched by the Innovation Cell of Ministry of Education.

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