Engineering students of the UP Technical University will now be able to pursue Indian Institute of Technology courses and can also download the lectures of IIT-Bombay and IIT-Madras professors. The facilities will be available in their respective institutes. Students will be able to pursue these courses from home as well. Under the MHRD's (Ministry of Human Resource and Development) 'Talk to a Teacher' program, a MoU is signed between the IIT-Bombay and UPTU. The tie-up will be beneficial for the 4 lakh students of more than 700 engineering colleges in Uttar Pradesh. UPTU colleges can avail this facility by connecting to the 'Spoken Tutorial' portal of IIT-Bombay. With the help of the portal students can study online courses and the students will also be able to download the audio-visual lectures on their smartphones in different languages (like Hindi, English and other regional languages). E-content offered by the portal includes 1007 topics out of which 620 topics are in English and 387 are in Hindi.
About 'Talk to a Teacher' project:
- 'Talk to a Teacher' is a project of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) of MHRD. The 'Talk to a Teacher' project facilitates the simultaneous training of 10,000 engineering college teachers.
- This training programme is conducted through 168 remote centres located all across India. The lectures in this course are delivered from IIT Bombay by Professors from IIT Bombay and IIT Madras. Through the software A-VIEW, audio-video connectivity is provided between all the centres and IIT Bombay. The course consists of lectures, live interactions and lab sessions. This method of synchronous education has been developed at IIT Bombay, under the leadership of Prof. D. B. Phatak. This method of education allows the participants to go to a convenient centre. It also allows the participation of a large number of lady teachers, who normally are unable to join contact programmes at distant locations, owing to family commitments.
- A-VIEW software development is a part of the 'Talk to a Teacher' project, funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT, an initiative of the Department of Higher Education, MHRD. 'Talk to a Teacher' project is the first major initiative for empowering the teachers of the Country and improving their quality through effective use of the connectivity provided to universities and colleges.