For creating course contents in engineering and science, seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore are preparing to launch 600 more online courses in 2011. This comes up following the good response from the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) – phase I, which is an initiative by seven IITs (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and IISc, for creating course contents in engineering and science, creating web and video-based contents for courses. This mission is being funded under National ICT mission. The Programme Implementation Committee, headed by Prof. M. S. Ananth, Director IIT Madras told that the NPTEL site was visited by 1.5 billion people so far.
Pointing out that in the first phase of the programme, about 350 faculty members in all partner institutions worked together to deliver lecture contents, Prof. Ananth said that this was likely to increase to well over 1000 faculty in the next phase. Other Institutions such as NITs and major University faculty are also likely to participate. In the phase – I, which was completed recently, course materials have been developed for approximately 125 web courses and are accessible freely through the website. Lecture contents are also being made available for 110 video courses. Both the web and video courses cover five major engineering disciplines.