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Prof. AK Ray in weekly interaction 02-Nov-2011

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The advent of advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has changed the traditional concept of teaching and learning in a big way. Now, it's quick and easy. Realizing the immense potential of ICT in technology based learning, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has initiated several projects under National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT).

While addressing the participants as part of weekly discussions through A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) envisaged by MHRD Prof. A.K. Ray of IIT- Kharagpur on 2nd November 2011 said NME-ICT Pedagogy will be a revolution in the annals of Indian education sector. "The shortcomings of the current teacher-centric education system can be effectively addressed, if we are able to shift the emphasis from teaching to learning. "Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes, intellectual calibers and research in e-learning," developed by IIT Kharagpur, is such a 'learning' program."

Prof. A.K. Ray has over 40 years of experience in research, design, development and teaching. Besides, he has been a consultant to UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank, member of numerous national and international committees and academic bodies.

IIT Kharagpur, a pioneer in e-learning, has been conducting Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) successfully from its two remote campuses at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.

He added that the project is an outcome-based curriculum document covering a list of core engineering courses at bachelor's level, in selected disciplines. "Usually a curriculum is written in half a page. Here, it will be 300 pages. Faculties from all the IITs and several NITs are participating with this mission. The project is expected to be available for public by March 2012." For more details, visit - http://pedagogy.iitkgp.ernet.in/index.html

NME-ICT pedagogy will introduce concepts such as problem based learning and collaborative learning.

Answering to a question Prof. Ray, principal investigator and national coordinator, said the key objective is to build up necessary expertise, infrastructure, and appropriate curriculum development methodology including assessment and evaluation tools for use with modern learning outcome based curricula for higher education.

The document will be freely available on the SAKSHAT portal once the project gets completed, he said. On the occasion, Prof. Ray congratulated A-VIEW team for providing outstanding interaction.

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Earlier Shri Praveen Bist, Head, Corporate Communications, Amrita E-Learning Research Lab welcomed the gathering and introduced Prof. A.K. Ray.

More than 20 universities including Mangalayatan University, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Central University of Punjab and Gujarat Technological University participated in the online interaction.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. It is available for free to all the educational institutes across India, and can be downloaded from website address, www.aview.in or send an email to aview@amrita.edu.