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Four-S Fortnightly Education Track - Issue 5
Four-S Services, July 2012, Pages: 8
This issue covers 15th July – 29th July 2012
In the Spotlight
IIT classroom content to be available on Youtube Education hub
A large spread of the classroom content of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will now be available over the Youtube. National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), an initiative by IITs and ministry of human resource development is readying an offering of 1,200 courses by December.
NPTEL currently offers ~450 courses across various disciplines of which 250 are through free video lectures. NPTEL has 9,600 videos of about an hour's duration each for these 250 courses. The subjects range from electronics, mechanical, aerospace to civil engineering. The content is delivered by ~1,400 faculty members from across seven IITs and IISc. Though NPTEL offers its courses free of cost, its faculty members get an honorarium of up to ` 0.25mn for each course which typically consists of 40 video lectures of an hour's duration
NPTEL was launched in 2003 as IITs tried to address the huge demand-supply gap of PhDs and scarcity of quality teachers in the country. The HRD ministry came forward with an initial funding of ` 150mn in 2003, another ` 50mn in 2007 and an additional ` 960mn in 2009. It started with pre-recorded lectures on their website, followed by educational channel Eklavya, besides offering online content on their website and DVDs.
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