Executive Development Programme in Foundations of Data Science – A Journey in to the Black Box

Mode Online Start Date November 12, 2021
Application Closes on October 30, 2021 End date February 5, 2022
Offer of Admission November 1, 2021 Last date for Registration November 10, 2021
Total Programme Fee Rs. 200,000/- + GST

All Data Scientists need to know how to analyze data. Most of them in this domain know how to use one or two of many available software packages as black boxes to get an “output”. They pick up various terminologies and have some elementary knowledge of a few modern technologies. Without a thorough understanding of the statistical theories underlying the methodologies, they may turn into mere technical assistants. This programme is designed to discuss and highlight “why” and “how” various methodologies work or do not work by providing the participants an extensive tour inside the black boxes.


  • To unbox the black box for common statistical concepts and techniques.
  • To dive inside the black boxes to strengthen understanding.
  • To give hands-on application to experience learning.


Lectures, doing together in class, hands-on applications with R.


Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
  • Data Types
  • Visualization
  • Data Digest
  • Randomness
  • Sampling and Observed Distributions
  • Is the Guess/Claim True?
  • Comparing Two or More Groups
  • How much/many or what Proportion?
  • Knowing the Future
  • How are groups Different?
  • What are the most important issues?
  • What are the underlying Dynamics?
  • What are the Identifiable Groups?
  • How do people Judge Phenomenon with many attributes?
  • Maximizing Profit or Minimizing Cost
  • Maximizing Profit with Limited Resources
  • Product Mix Problems
  • Transporting Goods
  • Locating Facilities

Who Should Attend

The programme is recommended for aspiring Data Scientists in their early to mid-career with a maximum of 5 years of work experience.


An excellent undergraduate degree with a background and interest in Mathematics and Statistics. Preference will be given to those who have worked in the data science domain.
A maximum of 50 participants will be admitted to this programme.

Programme Fee

    Indian Residents* (in ₹) International Students (in USD)
Instalment Deadline    
First 10 November 2021 75,000.00 1,000.00
Second 4 December 2021 75,000.00 1,000.00
Third 8 January 2022 50,000.00 1,000.00
Total   2,00,000.00 3,000.00
* Plus, GST as applicable

Please Note

The programme fee should be received by the MDP Office, IIM Kashipur on or before the Instalment due date. In case a participant wishes to withdraw from the programme, in that case, the fee will be refunded only if a request is received within 10 days prior to the start of the programme. Also, if a participant leaves the programme in between after the programme started, no fee will be refunded. If the programme gets cancelled, the fee will be refunded to the person/ organization concerned.

All enrollments are subject to review and approval by the programme director. Joining Instructions will be shared with the organization if sponsored or to the participants on selection. Kindly do not make your travel plans unless you receive the offer letter from IIM Kashipur.

Programme Schedule

Classes will be held online on Fridays and Saturdays only every week. 3 sessions of 75 minutes each per day. Total of 75 contact hours.

Module Duration Session Time
Module 1 12 November 2021 – 4 December 2021 Session 1 02:30 pm – 03:45 pm
Module 2 10 December 2021 – 8 January 2022* Session 2 04:00 pm – 05:15 pm
Module 3 14 January 2022 – 5 February 2022 Session 3 05:30 pm – 06:45 pm
*Holidays: 25 December 2021 and 1 January 2022

Programme Director

Prof Malay Bhattacharyya
Malay Bhattacharyya is currently Professor Emeritus at IIM Kashipur. He specializes in Statistics and Operations Research. His academic journey spans over more than 35 years. He superannuated recently as Professor from IIM Bangalore after almost 17 years. Previously, he served as Professor at IIM Lucknow from 1986 to 2004. He obtained a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc (Statistics) from the University of Calcutta, and a BSc (Honours) from Presidency College (now Presidency University) Calcutta.


Prof Alka Arya
Dr. Alka Arya earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Prior to joining IIM Kashipur, she was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department, Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University. She was also affiliated as a researcher with IIM Calcutta. Her research interests are data envelopment analysis in crisp/precise, uncertain/imprecise environments like interval, fuzzy, intuitionistic fuzzy, and robust data envelopment analysis, linear and non-linear programming problems, fuzzy optimization, intuitionistic fuzzy optimization, and robust optimization. She has published in peer-reviewed journals like Computers & Industrial Engineering, Soft Computing, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, International Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness, and Knowledge-Based Systems, among others. She is a reviewer for Computers & Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Management and Decision Economics, and International Journal of Fuzzy Systems.

How to Apply

Step 1 Apply Online
Step 2 Create login credentials / Sign-up (New User)
Step 3 Login and fill in the application form
Step 4 Download the filled application form
Step 5 Send the filled application form at mdp[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in latest by October 20, 2021
Step 6 After application review process, if selected, an offer letter will be sent by November 1, 2021
Step 7 After receiving offer letter, complete the registration by making the payment for the 1st instalment by November 10, 2021 and share the payment details at mdp[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in
Bank Details for Payment
Account Name: IIM Kashipur.
Account Number: 33809601691
Bank Name: State Bank of India
IFS Code: SBIN0017263
Note: Kindly make the payment for the 1st instalment on or before November 10, 2021
Step 8 Once we verify the payment. Payment acknowledgement is sent
Step 9 After receiving the payment by the institute, login credentials will be shared with the participants

Assessment & Certification

Periodic evaluations, in the form of exam, quiz, assignment, or other objectives/subjective assessments, are included to keep students engaged and to encourage hands-on learning. Students who will fulfill the evaluations and attendance requirements as prescribed by the institute will receive a certificate from IIM Kashipur, as appropriate.



Certificate image is for reference to potential participants only and may change at the discretion of Management Development Programmes Office, IIM Kashipur.

Mr. Manoj Sharma
Manager, Executive Education
Management Development Programme office
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Email: mdp[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in
Contact No.: +91 – 79004 44090 (Ext. 331), 87705 73698