The Institute of Electronic Governance (IEG) in India is planning to tie-up with the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop content for the benefit of engineering students and also adopt a few of its initiatives to encourage research. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The IEG is looking at replicating the MIT's sought after Open Course Ware (OCW) that gives access to the study material developed by the MIT on various courses. The IEG will not only host the material on its site for easy access to students but also plans to prepare similar kind of content for the benefit of students here. The issue was discussed at a meeting a team of professors from MIT had with the IEG president Subba Rao Ghanta recently. It was agreed that the MIT would train the mentors at IEG on its famous academic initiatives like the OCW and I-Labs. Discussions on the issue are on and the MoU is likely to be signed soon. Another initiative, I-Labs that helps students to perform experiments online will be of great use to Indian students. If the tie-up fructifies, students can make good use of the content developed by highly qualified professors.