IIT Bombay launches national-level course to train teachers 29 January 2010
To address the need for trained faculty in the country, IIT Bombay started beaming courses via satellites in December 2009. On Monday, along with Amrita University, it launched a national-level teacher empowerment programme which is being delivered online. Around 1,039 teachers from 500 colleges are being trained in a two-week online workshop on database management systems from December 13-22.
“This is the first time that a course on this scale is being conducted. There are 3 lakh students who learn database management systems and there are 15,000 teachers who teach it. There is a huge need for trained faculty,” said Deepak Phatak, who conceptualised the project. Around 32 nodal centres across the country are being used. The centres are using A-View or Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World, a system developed by Amrita University.
“We have focussed on computer science and engineering. The next phase will focus on courses in mechanical and electricalengineering. Around 12 workshops will be conducted till the summer of 2011,” said Mukta Atrey, project manager, IIT-B.