Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore join hands to deliver MOOCs

September 6, 2014

As part of a project called National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and  the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) have joined hands to deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The project which is FUNDED by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD is a joint initiative of the seven IITs in Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur,Kharagpur, Mumbai and Roorkee with IISc Bangalore.

NPTEL is a project originated from many deliberations between IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) during the years 1999-2003. A proposal was jointly put forward by five IITs Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras) and IISc for creating contents for 100 courses as web based supplements and 100 complete video courses, for fourty hours of duration per course. The basic objective of science and engineering education in India is to devise and guide reforms that will transform India into a strong and vibrant knowledge economy. In this context, the focus areas for NPTEL project have been - Higher education, Professional education, Distance education and continuous and open learning, roughly in that order of preference.

NPTEL recently launched the NPTEL Online Certification (NOC), which is backed by Google and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). The portal OFFERStwo new courses at present namely, ''Introduction to Programming in C'', which is being conducted by IIT Kanpur officials & aims to teach the students basic programming in C with a focus on problem-solving and ''Basic Electrical Circuits'', which is being conducted by IIT Madras officials & focuses on analysis of electrical circuits and is meant for second year students of Electrical/Electronics/Instrumentation Engineering.

The courses are being OFFERED free of cost. The respective IITs will provide an optional certificate for them for a fee. The certification will be on the basis of the scores acquired in online assignments and a proctored examination.

Source: I.T.
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