IIT professors will launch a new lecture series called IIT PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) to help engineering aspirants prepare well for the JEE Main, JEE Advanced and other engineering exams. The lecture series will be part of Digital India campaign and will be broadcast over through four DTH channels from January 1.
This year, the new year will surely begin on a happy note for engineering aspirants preparing for engineering entrance exams like JEE Main and JEE Advanced. From 1st January 2017, IIT professors and teachers from Kendriya Vidhyalayas will launch a new engineering coaching lecture series called IIT PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) through dedicated DTH TV channels and internet under the Digital India campaign.
The lecture series is aimed at helping engineering aspirants clear their basics and get ready for the super competitive engineering entrance exams like JEE Advanced and JEE mains. The IIT Pal lecture series will especially help engineering aspirants who are unable to afford coaching classes or refuse to attend them.
Launched under PM Modi’s flagship scheme Digital India, the IIT Pal lecture series will consist of over 200 lectures each for different subjects including the core science ones like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. The lectures will be delivered by over 40 experienced faculty members of IITs and KV schools on national television through free direct-to-home TV channels and the Internet.
This unique initiative is led by IIT-Delhi who along with other IITs from Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai, Kharagpur and Guwahati will prepare the lecture series. Some Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers have also been enlisted in the exercise.
Talking about the innovative scheme, IIT Delhi Director V. Ramgopal Rao said that IIT-PAL is supported by the Human Resource Development Ministry and is a step in right direction to help engineering aspirants. Talking about the effectiveness of the programme, Mr Rao said the lecture series will be an interactive programme, wherein students will be able to seek clarifications and ask questions to the professors. IITs have also roped in a few students from the current batch as teaching assistants for the project.
Further elaborating upon the topic, IIT-D director also mentioned that practice is the key to cracking JEE entrance exam. Keeping this in mind, NCERT has been assigned the task of prescribing the problems that students would have to solve as part of the lecture series.
IITs have refrained from terming the free lecture series as a direct rival to India’s multi-billion-dollar coaching industry for engineering students. However, IIT-PAL lecture series will surely put a small dent in the credibility of the engineering coaching institutes, which claim to have the keys to a seat in top engineering colleges in India.
All the stakeholders, including the IITs and HRD ministry, are expecting an encouraging response for IIT Pal lecture series from nearly 1.2 million engineering aspirants this year.