Open Courseware from IITs

A joint venture by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL),  funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, aims to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses. To this cause,  they have entered into an agreement with Google and YouTube for wider dissemination of the courses taught at IITs and IISc.

The NPTEL YouTube channel covering the courses hosts 13 courses right now and will cover 110 courses by March this year.

I think this is a great beginning towards open access academic content and research.

Pointer: Why India Needs Open Access? (Richard Poynder interviews Professor Subbiah Arunachalam).

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7 thoughts on “Open Courseware from IITs”

  1. Including NPTEL, I’ve been through a lot of OpenCourseware materials floated by various universities across the world; Including those by MIT, Stanford, Yale and other top Institutes. Clearly, teaching standards in the IIT’s match, if not beat, hands down, those in other top Institutes. Sadly, NPTEl does not provide assignements, references and exam papers to supplement the wonderful Web and Video Lectures.

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