Are there any online courses provided by IITM to other university students for a short period of time with a certification of completion?

Yes, IIT Madras provides web-enabled courses, including non-campus BS programs and NPTEL courses.

BS Programs: The institute currently offers different non-campus web-enabled courses for BS/BSc/Diploma in Data Science, Programming, and Electronic Systems. Anyone who has passed Class 12 or equivalent can apply irrespective of age or academic background. Those who qualify can join the program immediately. Learners can access content delivered by experienced IIT Madras faculty and industry experts from any location, with the flexibility to exit earlier if desired. You can find all the necessary details for these programs by visiting the IITM website here.

NPTEL: The National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is an initiative spearheaded by some IITs and IISc which includes a catalog of over 2400 courses taught by professors from these institutes. The best part? Access to all the course lecture videos and assignments is completely free - you only need to pay Rs. 1000 if you wish to appear for an in-person course exam to be officially certified. The exam happens in a center that is near your campus, in the same city, or in any other city of your choice.

A majority of IITM professors offer NPTEL courses, many of which are recorded in classrooms with IITM students attending the in-person equivalent of the course. To learn more about NPTEL, you can visit their website here and here.

The videos are of high quality, evident from the professors who teach the course. Students also receive timely assignments that they need to complete, culminating in a final exam. The NPTEL courses deliver a comprehensive learning experience comparable to on-campus education, in the comfort of their homes!

IIT Madras is striving to extend the quality of education it serves to everyone, without the need to be on campus.