Monday, February 21, 2011

IIT offers online courses 

A server has been created by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras which can be used by the students to download top academic material. These materials would be free of cost. The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), which is a joint programme of IITs and IIScs and funded by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry would be assisted by the server. 

The NPTEL programme was started to increase the quality of engineering and sciences education across the country. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurated the National Video Server. He said that it is a ''path breaking innovation''. Earlier the students used Google or Amazons for study materials but now they would have an opportunity to use India’s own server to communicate with universities.  

There would be 125 courses in web format and 135 courses in video format in the disciplines of technology, engineering and sciences in the NPTEL phase-1.They would include corresponding syllabi laid down by AICTE-approved institutions and programmes. More than 1000 UG and PG courses have been proposed in Phase-2 in various fields like engineering, technology, sciences and humanities. The programmes are likely to be completed by 2012 and would be free of cost. 

Syllabi of all universities and their courses would be covered by the same server.

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