Ekalavya Model of Higher Education – An Innovation of IBM's Big Data University
International Journal of Current Research and Modern Education (IJCRME), Vol. 1(2), p. 190-205, 2016
16 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 10, 2016
Big Data Science is a new multi-disciplinary subject in the society, comprising of business intelligence, data analytics, and the related fields have become increasingly important in both the academic and the business communities during the 21st century. Many organizations and business intelligence experts have foreseen the significant development in the big data field as next big wave in future research arena in many industry sectors and the society. To become an expert and skilled in this newly emerging field, we propose an effective and inexpensive learning model called ‘Ekalavya model’ of distance education heard in Mahabharata story of Indian Epics. In this paper, we have discussed the importance of Big data based data analytics. The advantages, benefits, constraints, and disadvantages of big data based analytics are discussed. In order to increase skilled data technicians called data engineers and scientists, we have discussed how Ekalavya model of knowledge and skill development can be used by utilizing various existing online skill development facilities with no financial investment and expenditure. The proposed Ekalavya model can be realized through opportunities and facilities provided by an innovative model of IBM’s Big data University. The paper contains the initiatives of IBM’s Big Data University to develop data scientists, data engineers, and business data professionals using online independent study by aspirants at their convenient time ubiquitously using Ekalavya model of Indian education system. We have also discussed how a student registered in IBM’s Big data University can choose different courses and decide their path of study in order to reach their aspiration to become Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and/or Business Data Professionals. Finally, we discussed how the Big Dream & Big Model of IBM supports to realize the new emerging higher education model of Competency Based Credit System.
Keywords: Ekalavya Model of Indian Education, Online Ubiquitous Free Courses, IBM's Big Data University
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