It has been in news that Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have come together to deliver MOOCs. The joint effort is a part of the project called National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).
The project is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The initiative is a joint effort of all the the seven IITs in Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai and Roorkee with Indian Institute of Science. Well both the Science and technology come together.
This initiative is a small part of NPTEL while NPTEL is a project originated from many deliberations between IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) during the years 1999-2003. For the purpose of putting contents online, a proposal was jointly put forward by five IITs Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras) and IISc. Contents for which were 100 courses as web based supplements and 100 complete video courses, for fourty hours of duration per course. The common lesson between Science and technology is logic and the basic objective of science and engineering education is to devise and guide reforms that will transform India into a strong and vibrant knowledge economy.
NPTEL has always its focus on education. the focus areas for NPTEL project have been – Higher education, Professional education, Distance education and continuous and open learning, roughly in that order of preference.
NOC and NASSCOM-
NOC is NPTEL Online Certification. It was recently launched and was backed by Google. Similarly, there was NASSCOM which was National Association of Software and Services Companies.
Currently, there are two subjects offered by the portal namely ”Introduction to Programming in C”, which is being conducted by IIT Kanpur officials & aims to teach the students basic programming in C with a focus on problem-solving.
The other one is ”Basic Electrical Circuits”, which is being conducted by IIT Madras officials & focuses on analysis of electrical circuits and is meant for second year students of Electrical/Electronics/Instrumentation Engineering.
Moreover, the courses are being offered free of cost. The respective IITs will provide an optional certificate for them for a fee. The certification is based on assessment.It will be on the basis of the scores acquired in online assignments and a proctored examination.