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Indians Stand at Second in Taking MIT-Harvard e-Courses

Mar 24, 2014 18:24 IST

    More than 2.5 lakh applicants from India have registered for courses on edX, which is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform initiated and founded in May 2012, by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to host online university-level courses.

    The maximum course takers belong to America followed by India, which makes the second largest community studying through open online course offered by the varsity.

    The President of edX, Anant Agarwal, who is an Indian American was born in Mangalore and have been teaching the circuits & electronics course in MIT for 26 years now.

    The courses can be taken up from anywhere in the world and requires only internet connection taught by some The courses have been put together and are led by some of the best professors.

    The courses charge nothing and conclude within a period of 4 weeks to 12 weeks followed by receiving a certificate from the varsities who host the course.

    The most widely opted courses overall related to computer science, engineering, and public health, whereas among Indians the famous courses are 'Introduction to computer science', led by Harvard faculty David J Malan and Rob Bowden, and the circuits & electronics course led by Agarwal. Indians applicants constitute to be 50% out of total 70,000 enrollees for Harvard's public health e-courses.

    The edX, is a not-for-profit initiative that offers some 160 courses in science, engineering, business, law, history, social sciences, and artificial intelligence.  edX was initiative by 2 Stanford professors, and is among the largest MOOC providers.

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