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NPTEL nourishing the young brains: Prof. Mangala Sunder 12-Oct-2011

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"Youngsters are our valuable assets. To build up a quality next generation, we should give them proper training using the advantage of ultra-modern technology. They should be trained on service oriented technologies, international research and industrial exposure. NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), is a small contribution to a social cause. NPTEL is nourishing the young brains on enhanced learning in the best way," emphasized Prof. K Mangala Sunder, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT-Madras.

He was interacting with the participants in the weekly interaction through A-VIEW envisaged by MHRD as part of NME-ICT mission on 12th October, 2011, from IIT-Madras premises.

NPTEL is an initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology; IIT-Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, to enhance the quality of engineering and science education in the country. In phase one, around 260 courses are available. Among them, 110 courses have been developed in video format. While, 1,016 courses are proposed in the second phase.

Prof. Mangala Sunder, who is one of the national coordinators for NPTEL and a member of the Standing Committee for NME-ICT, underlined that NPTEL will be the largest video repository of technical lecture-courses in the world in the streaming video format. He added that the course contents will be useful for teacher training and to improve the quality of students. Everyone can freely access the course materials both web and video. For more details visit - http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/

Some of the courses available in the program are; Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric Science, Automobile Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Ocean Engineering and Textile Engineering.

Around 15 educational institutions participated in the online interaction including U. V. Patel College of Engineering, Vidyasagar University, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and Karnataka State Law University.

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.