Chennai, Apr 25 (Representative) The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) is launching Levels 3 and 4 of the ‘Out of the Box Thinking’ through Mathematics course, whichis intended to encourage innovative thinking. These courses are being offered through online mode completely free of cost throughthe IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation to everyone in India as well as in foreigncountries. The Institute is targeting as many as one million school and college students and working professionals, and researchers through this course. The four graded independent levels of the courses will be easily accessible to students, professionals and researchers. The final examination will be a proctored one conducted at centres in select cities acrossIndia. A release from IIT-M today said the Level 1 and 2 courses, which were launched last year, attracted a total of 1.42 lakh students.Registrations for Level 3 and Level 4 will close on May 7. IIT-M Director Prof. V.Kamakoti said “the Levels 1 and 2 of the course, which is afirst-of-its-kind in India, were well-received by students across India. This courseis being offered free of cost. This course will greatly benefit school and collegestudents, especially those residing in rural India.” “Thinking differently is crucial for innovation leading to entrepreneurship.
Trainingthe young mind to think differently, will in the long run yield creative youth for ournation”, he said. Pravartak will also issue the Grade Certification for students who take the exams.The courses will be taught by Mr.Sadagopan Rajesh, Mathematics Educator andfounder-director of Aryabhatta Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has beenteaching Mathematics for the past 30 years among a various range of students, both school and college.Mr.Sadagopan Rajesh said “New Zealand and Australian Olympics teams brought along Mathematicians as part of their team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Likewise,movie making, banking, marketing, real estate, and other esoteric fields of study–all these various fields need the logic that leads to the final numbers or calculations! Thus, it becomes imperative to focus on the logical segment of Mathematics–thestudy of facts and facts on figures, which is important in everyone’s career.” The IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation is a Section 8 Company funded by theUnion Department of Science and Technology (DST) under its National Mission onInterdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems, and hosted as a Technology InnovationHub (TIH) by IIT Madras.