The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) – an initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) – is an online educational program which aims to provide quality Engineering education to students globally. Currently, NPTEL offers around 450 courses across various disciplines of which, 250 are through free video lectures. All these courses are based on the common national engineering curriculum. NPTEL has proposed to offer 1, 200 courses by December 2012.
An official from NPTEL informed that they will be offering 1,200 programs by December which will allow students to study civil engineering or mechanical engineering free of cost, while sitting at home by streaming videos on YouTube. The objective is not only to address the engineering curriculum needs of India but also help students globally.
These videos are available on YouTube Education which was launched in 2009. They have been actively searching for partners in India for the past two quarters. A senior official of YouTube Education informed that the number of users in India has grown three fold in the last two years, from 11 million users per month to 33 million. These growing numbers have motivated YouTube Education to take up this project more actively. It has already partnered with Gujarat University and IITs.
This provision of online study material available free of cost has benefited many students. A computer science student from Annamalai University is one of them. He now depends on the modules taught by the faculty from seven IITs and IISc, where the concepts are explained in simple language. This has helped him improve his GPA from 8.4 to 8.96 in the last semester.
Presently, there are around 9,600 videos of which each is about an hour’s duration covering around 250 courses. The subjects range from aerospace, civil, electronics to mechanical engineering. 1, 400 faculty members from IITs and IISc have contributed towards the content of these videos. This also provides discussion forums, where students raise questions to faculty members and clarify their doubts.
This education channel helps many interested students who might not have access to great teachers. This is also helping all universities to deliver quality education to anyone who can access the internet.
The main objective is to provide quality education to all across the globe and the possibility to do this through video is huge. The program also proposes to add foreign participation, including its own alumni.
Source: Economic Times
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