SAS® Academy for Data Science to be launched in India
SAS India, the leader in business analytics software and services announced the launch of the first batch of its newly formed SAS® Academy for Data Science. The new academy imparts skills in big data management, advanced analytics, machine learning and data visualization, along with the essential communication skills needed by data scientists today. The program is the first data scientist course of its kind that offers industry-recognized credentials – certifications in big data, advanced analytics and data science. The first batch will commence in Mumbai on August 29, 2016.
The program comprises the focus areas of both the SAS® Certified Big Data Professional and the SAS® Certified Advanced Analytics Professional. Comprised of 2 distinct levels, each track combines classroom instruction, a hands-on case study or team project, related certification exams and coaching in a twelve-week immersive experience. By successfully passing certification exams, students earn one of two credentials: SAS Certified Big Data Professional or SAS Certified Data Scientist.
“Data science is being touted as the hottest career option in the 21st century. A SAS data science credential will be a strong differentiator for job seekers clamoring for one of the 3 million big data jobs forecast by 2018. In India, companies are scrambling to hire data scientists, sending the demand and salaries soaring. We realize that our customers need strong analytics talent within their organizations to stay competitive,” said Noshin Kagalwalla, MD, SAS India. “SAS has been the leader in analytics for over 40 years and enterprises have great confidence in SAS certified professionals to go beyond just analysing data to making their business smarter and more innovative. SAS Data Science Academy will be a great source for organizations to transform top talent and gain a competitive edge.”
Bhuvan Nijhawan, Regional Director Education and Academia at SAS India commented, “For over three decades, SAS has partnered with leading universities such as IIMs, ISB, NMIMS, VESIM, SMU in Singapore, NCSU in US among others to launch degree and certificate programs to equip students with the analytical skills they need to become tomorrow's leaders. Today, companies across industries are facing a dearth of data scientists to deal with the data deluge. With the launch of the new SAS Academy for Data Science, we aim to bridge the demand-skill gap as it offers an opportunity to aspiring and practicing data scientists to earn respected credentials in big data and analytics. Additionally, the mix of experience with powerful analytics, statistics, business knowledge and presentation skills sets the academy apart.”
As per the recent Money and PayScale survey that analyzed 54 million employee profiles, across 350 industries, the #1 most valuable career skill is SAS with an average pay boost of 6.1 percent.
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