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India's Online Science and Engineering Course Now Free for Students Everywhere


July 11, 2007 By

Want to know what the Indian technology professionals are taught in India that makes them sought-after talents the world over? It's just a click away now as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the country's elite engineering institute, has started putting finishing touches to the first phase of a mammoth project called the National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). This aims to put all the courses of this Institute online in the next three years.

On June 30th this year, the IIT finished uploading 120 of its most popular science and engineering courses ( www.nptel.iitm.ac.in) that will provide access to classes
and faculty of the IIT to not only the students in the country, but also to the students, teachers, academicians, "and anybody who cares to log in" from across the world; and all this for free to boot.

"We have just completed and put all the lectures of some of our engineering courses online," said M. S. Ananth, dean of academic courses at IIT-Madras who is also the director of NPTEL. "And these lectures are not just the digitized versions of the study materials of IIT , but specially structured courseware crafted specifically for online education."

The brainchild of M.S. Ananth, NPTEL, first mooted in 1999, was mandated to be carried out by the seven IITs in the country and the Indian Institute of Science, a Bangalore-based technology university, as a collaborative project. "The main objective of NPTEL's is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country so that the hundreds and thousands of engineering students in India become employable graduates at the end of their education," says Ananth

In India, inadequate infrastructure is a one of the major problems facing the country's education system and this is impacting the quality of education. It is estimated that of the approximate 500,000 Indian students who join the engineering programs each year, less than 10 percent come out as employable graduates, mainly because there are not enough teachers to provide the education needed by the industry.

For instance, there are more than 1500 private engineering colleges in the country almost all of which do not have the minimum required number of well-qualified teaching faculty, which according to the country's needs should be 1 teacher for every 16 students. Most higher education institutions run at a ratio of 1:60, or sometimes, even worse.

Moreover, going by the ideal teacher to student ration Indian needs about 160,000 teachers for engineering education for a student population of about two million. "But institutions of higher learning in India are barely able to train no more than 4000 teachers every year and offer them jobs," says Mangala Krishnan, national web courses coordinator, NPTEL.

The IIT is one of the few higher learning institutes in India that can boast of an ideal student-teacher ratio. But then, out of the 350,000 students that aspire to get into the IITs each year, only about 4000 manage to gain admission. This is because this institution is India's "Ivy League" technology institute. In fact, it is ranked as the third best technology university in the world (just behind MIT and California University, Berkeley) by the London-based Times Higher Educational Supplement.

"Against this backdrop, the NPTEL then emerges crucial for the country because distance education and continuous open learning is the only way India can enhance the level of higher education," says Ananth.

NPTEL was inspired by the Open Courseware (http://ocw.mit.edu) project instituted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but "even as the goals of the two are same, NPTEL's processes are different," says Ananth.

The biggest difference between the two, says Ananthis, "[Is] OCW provides the icing, but we at NPTEL actually make the cake. While OCW is the digitized version of the MIT courseware, NPTEL courses are modularized and structured with sufficient explanations and


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   |    Commented July 25, 2007

In the third paragraph, first sentence reference is made to "systems designed to use voice, data and/or vidoe signals." Can you be more specific - as to the vendor and the details of the systems? What does it do? What are the system specifications? In the spirit of "sharing information" the last thing we need to do is reinvent wheels by coming up with solutioins someone else has already made. Thanks in advance, Steve Pappas

   |    Commented July 25, 2007

In the third paragraph, first sentence reference is made to "systems designed to use voice, data and/or vidoe signals." Can you be more specific - as to the vendor and the details of the systems? What does it do? What are the system specifications? In the spirit of "sharing information" the last thing we need to do is reinvent wheels by coming up with solutioins someone else has already made. Thanks in advance, Steve Pappas

   |    Commented July 25, 2007

In the third paragraph, first sentence reference is made to "systems designed to use voice, data and/or vidoe signals." Can you be more specific - as to the vendor and the details of the systems? What does it do? What are the system specifications? In the spirit of "sharing information" the last thing we need to do is reinvent wheels by coming up with solutioins someone else has already made. Thanks in advance, Steve Pappas

   |    Commented August 16, 2007

How can i do a course for masters in civil engineering (structures) online from an indian university

   |    Commented August 16, 2007

How can i do a course for masters in civil engineering (structures) online from an indian university

   |    Commented August 16, 2007

How can i do a course for masters in civil engineering (structures) online from an indian university

   |    Commented August 21, 2007

How can I get online lectures by top science teachers? I'm in electronics & communication department. I was given this address but I'm not finding any information. Please help me. [Ed Note: The article URL is http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/126702 The course content is at the following URL mentioned in the article: http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in]

   |    Commented August 21, 2007

How can I get online lectures by top science teachers? I'm in electronics & communication department. I was given this address but I'm not finding any information. Please help me. [Ed Note: The article URL is http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/126702 The course content is at the following URL mentioned in the article: http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in]

   |    Commented August 21, 2007

How can I get online lectures by top science teachers? I'm in electronics & communication department. I was given this address but I'm not finding any information. Please help me. [Ed Note: The article URL is http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/126702 The course content is at the following URL mentioned in the article: http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in]

kamal kant    |    Commented March 6, 2008

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kamal kant    |    Commented March 6, 2008

I am graduate in civil engineering with about 25 years experience. I am interested to pursue P.G. i.e. Masters in structural designing on line.please advice some good indian universities/colleges.

kamal kant    |    Commented March 6, 2008

I am graduate in civil engineering with about 25 years experience. I am interested to pursue P.G. i.e. Masters in structural designing on line.please advice some good indian universities/colleges.

vikas h chaudhari    |    Commented June 7, 2008

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vikas h chaudhari    |    Commented June 7, 2008

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vikas h chaudhari    |    Commented June 7, 2008

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nizam    |    Commented March 25, 2009

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nizam    |    Commented March 25, 2009

I'm working as an engineer and I don't have an engineering degree, so I want to do mechanical engineering online. Is there any procedure? Please let me know.

nizam    |    Commented March 25, 2009

I'm working as an engineer and I don't have an engineering degree, so I want to do mechanical engineering online. Is there any procedure? Please let me know.

premkumar    |    Commented May 3, 2009

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premkumar    |    Commented May 3, 2009

I passed in diploma in mechanical engineering in 1999, now I'm working abroad, i wish online study to BE or B.Tech for Indian university -- it's possible or not?

premkumar    |    Commented May 3, 2009

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D.Suresh    |    Commented September 13, 2010

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vachan shetty    |    Commented February 24, 2011

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ABDULRAHMAN    |    Commented March 8, 2011

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KWETI SAMUEL    |    Commented April 19, 2012

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Aba Godfrey    |    Commented March 8, 2013

Do you offer online Engineering course? How do I apply Thanks

k R Chadda    |    Commented March 12, 2013

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