Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) is going to make higher education students of Eastern India aware about free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).
“The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from Eastern India, but also the colleges and universities in the region are not aware of it,” coordinator of NPTEL at IIT-KGP Anupam Basu said.
“We are sure if people get to know about the facility and that it is encouraged by AICTE and UGC, there will be many takers,” he added.
According to an IIT-KGP official, in order to boost enrolments from the region, the premier engineering institute is in talks with the institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and North Eastern states to offer credit transfers to their students.
For West Bengal, IIT-KGP would approach Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Jadavpur University and and Presidency University, the spokesperson said. The talks are on with most of the private engineering colleges in Bengal along with general degree colleges like Vidyasagar College and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College of Kolkata.
NPTEL is a joint initiative of the IITs and IISc. Around 160 courses in streams like mathematics and basic science, agriculture, management studies, computer science, engineering, and humanities are offered under NPTEL. Out of the 5 lakh students enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only around 7 per cent of them were from Eastern India.
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