The course, launched by Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, will be delivered via the world’s largest online course platform, Coursera.
Funded through the US Department of State’s Passport to India initiative, the massive open online course (MOOC) will be jointly managed by Ohio State and IndoGenius.
Passport to India seeks to enhance the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020.
The course curriculum was developed by Brian Joseph, a distinguished professor of Linguistics at Ohio State University and Nick Booker, co-founder of IndoGenius, and implemented through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.
Titled, “The Importance of India”, the course covers a broad range of topics, from India’s ancient trade relations with the Roman Empire, South East Asia and China to India’s rapidly growing startup ecosystem and its role in creatively solving global problems through technology.
By educating students about India through the MOOC, Ohio State and IndoGenius are expecting that it will make a major contribution toward meeting Passport to India’s goal of increasing the number of students studying abroad in India annually from its current, 4,583 to at least 10,000 in the coming four years.