The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) opened online enrollment for 159 courses of the July-November 2017 session. The courses for the current session can be enrolled on the official website of NPTEL. Out of 159 courses, 43 are rerun of courses offered previously and 116 courses are new.Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras says, “It is a great opportunity for learners across the country to access the IIT and IISc systems as well as experts from other reputed institutions. This enables learning without boundaries. You learn what you are interested in, and get a certificate confirming your abilities in that area”.
NPTEL was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. The online courses offered by NPTEL, unlike other popular MOOCs portals, include courses from all disciplines of Engineering such as Biotechnology, Ocean Engineering, Metallurgical Sciences etc apart from the popular ones such as Computer Science Engineering or Electrical Engineering. The courses are offered by experts in their fields.
The content in every course is in-depth and as taught in the IITs, which will provide any candidate who goes through it a solid foundation and understanding of a topic. Some courses such as- Networks and Systems, Fluid Dynamics and Turbomachines, Strength of Materials, etc. will help candidates prepare for the entrance examination for higher technical education as well. The bouquet also has courses on current and cutting-edge technology, which will improve the employability of candidates in the technical domain too such as Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, MIMO/OFDM Cellular and Sensor Networks, etc.
According to NPTEL, the objective of these courses is to make students employable in the industry or pursue a suitable higher education programme. Online courses of 4-, 8-, or 12-week duration on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education are offered. Along with that, basic core courses in sciences and humanities with exposure to relevant tools and technologies are also taught. The enrollment to and learning from these courses involves no cost. Following these online courses, an in-person, proctored certification examination will be conducted and a certificate is provided through the participating institutions.
The first course will begin on July 24, 2017 and the last one on August 21, 2017 with examination dates beginning from September 24 till October 22, 2017 (Sundays), scheduled according to the course’s commencement date. Last day for enrollment to the courses will be the start date of the course.
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