Prof. Mangala Sunder's talk on A-VIEW 24-August-2011
The weekly interaction through A-VIEW, as envisaged by MHRD as part of NME-ICT mission has kicked off wonderfully. More than 25 universities from faraway places, across India, participated in this interactive session which was spearheaded by Prof. Mangala Sunder, from Chemical Engineering department at IIT_Madras, on August 24, 2011. On the occasion Prof. Sunder opined that collaborative teaching method holds the key as it helps to open new avenues in education. "Though NME-ICT mission, we can provide variety courses to wider spectrum of students free of cost. All educational institutions should use this benefit to create talented next generation students", he added. Currently, Prof. Sunder is the national coordinator for NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) which provides E-Learning through online Web and Video courses in Engineering Science and humanities streams, with the mission of enhancing the quality of education by provided free online courseware.
The session was started with a brief inaugural speech by Shri Kris Gopal, Associate Director, from E-Learning research lab at Amrita University, where he gave the background behind this weekly program and also introduced the quest speaker.
An overwhelming response was observed when the floor was opened for the interactive question and answer session, as lot of Universities wanted to benefit from the different projects and initiatives under the NME-ICT mission of MHRD. Since lot of the institutions have queries regarding the connectivity, which is primarily provided by BSNL, its planned to invite senior GM from BSNL to address related questions on 2nd Sept, 2011.
A-VIEW is a E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. Its 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)