IITs and IISc will deliver MOOCs jointly:
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) with the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) will deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), as part of a project called National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). 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. In this project Five IITs () and IISc Bangalore put a proposal of creating contents for 100 courses (Web based supplements) and 100 video courses. The duration of every course was of 40 hours. The objective of the NPTEL project was to guide reforms that will transform India into a strong and vibrant knowledge economy and for this the focus areas of NPTEL project are - Higher education, Professional education, Distance education and continuous and open learning, roughly in that order of preference.
The NPTEL Online Certification (NOC) portal was launched by NPTEL recently, which is backed by Google and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). The portal offers two new courses at present. The first course is titled “Introduction to Programming in C” and is being conducted by IIT Kanpur. The course aims to teach the students basic programming in C with a focus on problem-solving. The second course is titled “Basic Electrical Circuits” and is being conducted by IIT Madras. The course 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 the courses, for a fee. The certification will be on the basis of the scores acquired in online assignments and a proctored examination.
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