Now thousands of Indian students would be able to get online courses from IITs and IIMs. , the Distance Education Council (DEC) has allowed all premier institutes in the country to offer online courses. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
DEC has allowed distance education institutions (DEIs) to set up study centres or offer programmes beyond their state. Institutes like IITs and IIMs are preparing to offer online education for Indian students. Now these institutes are designing online courses and setting up virtual campuses to reach wide section of students. IM Lucknow has already planned to offer distance-learning courses on its under-construction Noida campus. The Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon is planning to offer online courses for foreign executives. Seven IITs and IISc are also collaborating for the National programme of Technology Enhanced Learning on a trial basis by developing curriculum-based video and web courses. Some 140 courses are in various stages of preparation and distribution through the Internet.