IIT Madras to Offer Free Online Course on “Original Thinking” Targeting One Million Pupils and Students

IIT Madras is set to offer a free online course on ‘Original Thinking’ through Mathematics to encourage innovative thinking. The institute targets up to one million students and students, in addition to working professionals and researchers through this course, which is a one-of-a-kind initiative in the country.

These courses will be offered in online mode for free through IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, sec 8 company of IIT Madras, which will also issue the grade certification for the students who take the exams for a nominal fee. The final exam will be a proctored exam conducted at centers located in selected cities in India.


The course is made available in online mode, free of charge, for everyone in India as well as foreign countries.

The four independent graduated levels of the courses will be easily accessible to students, professionals and researchers.

The first batch of the course is scheduled to start on July 1, 2022. Registration will close on June 24, 2022.

Those interested can register via the following link – https://www.pravartak.org.in/out-of-box-thinking.html


The course will present several approaches to problem solving, debunking the myth that problem solving is only for a select few.

It will introduce new techniques in an easy-to-understand way, preparing users to tackle real-world projects with confidence and ease.

Logic being the undercurrent in the study of mathematics, it is essential to develop a broader reflection, through its applications in the expanding world of technology.

From solving a fun Sudoku puzzle to completing an important planned project, the logic of working is far more important than the arithmetic involved.

This requires creative thinking and broader perception often known as “outside the box” thinking.


Classes will be taught by Sadagopan Rajesh, Professor of Mathematics and Founding Director of the Aryabhatta Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

He has been teaching math for 30 years to a wide range of students, in school and college, from the age of 10, engaging them with a variety of creative and designed lessons.

He also led programs educating students from elementary to high school, instilling in them a love of problem solving, leading to math and other Olympiads.

Sadagopan Rajesh has been a resource person for several Mathematical Olympiad exposure camps regionally, nationally and internationally, in addition to leading several teacher orientation and enrichment programs.


Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras said: “The ‘Out of the box thinking’ course solves problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtained using traditional step-by-step logic alone. .”

“In this unique course, such thinking is underscored by the logical rediscovery of known and unknown facts of mathematics with a broader and more interesting perception of how to do it,” he added.

Speaking of this initiative, Sadagopan Rajesh said: “If we approach mathematics with discipline and passion, not necessarily in a formal way, but realize the subject with more logical and analytical reasoning, we can broaden our thinking.”

“The important outcome is the development of skills that are essential to adapt and contribute effectively in a rapidly changing technological world,” he added.