Tamil Nadu has asked over six lakh students, from across the country enrolled with over 500 Engineering colleges in the state, to study through various open online courses.
The move came amidst growing complaints of falling teaching standards in the state’s Engineering colleges.
Commissioner of the Directorate of Technical Education, Kumar Jayant said, the state wants to address the lack of quality among faculty in engineering colleges, and motivate them to guide students in their quest for standardized material available free online (on platforms like IIT’s NPTEL, MIT freeware and Courser)
In the past few years, the number of engineering colleges in the state has crossed 500. These colleges have around 50000 teachers, many of whom do not fulfill the AICTE regulations for faculties.
Tamil Nadu’s decision to promote Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is in tune with global trends. While the step will help faculty and students improve their teaching-learning processes, the state should make efforts to ensure that enough engineers from these colleges take up to Masters and Research and later turn to Teaching.
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