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Integrate e-learning into conventional learning system 16 May, 2012

The need of the hour is world-class content

NK Sinha

As part of the National Weekly Discussions through A-VIEW envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT project, an interactive session with Smt Vibha Puri Das, Secretary for Higher Education and Shri N. K. Sinha, Additional Secretary, MHRD was organized on May 16, 2012.

In his keynote address, Shri Sinha urged all the Universities to inculcate e-learning in syllabus to elevate the standard of education in the country. “E-learning should be integrated into traditional classroom mode. It would definitely benefit the student community,” he highlighted.

Utilize experts

While speaking about Usage of content and facilities of NME-ICT, Shri Sinha said with e-learning modules, better internet connectivity and the possibility of nationwide classroom, best faculties / experts in the country can deliver talks via Amrita University’s e-learning platform A-VIEW. “Educational institutions should utilize and encourage the service of eminent experts. For instance, a portion of the syllabus can be taught by eminent experts. It will definitely make a huge impact among the students,” he said seating from his MHRD office in New Delhi.

He underlined that employability is very crucial for students. Therefore, students should get trained in soft skills through this inter-connected system.

Promote NME-ICT

“Most of the students don’t know about the various useful projects for them under NME-ICT mission such as NPTEL, Virtual Labs, Spoken Tutorials etc. Therefore, all Universities should give information / news about the mission in their websites,” said Shri Sinha, who is also the Mission Director of NME-ICT.

High-speed network

He added that high bandwidth can be delivered via proposed National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) at panchayats. “The project is expected to be completed within two years.”

Participants

Around 42 Universities including Lingayas University Faridabad, Jayee Institute of Information Technology Noida, MATS University, C-DAC Bangalore, Himalaya Institute of Medical Sciences, Martin Luther Christian University, Sikkim Manipal University, Islamic University of Science and Technology, MS University of Baroda, School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada attended the online session.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is a 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 the website address, www.aview.in or by sending an email to aview@amrita.edu.