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Virtual Labs will give maximum exposure to students 25 April, 2012

Costly equipment can be virtually shared across the country

Virtual Labs will give maximum exposure to students

Dr. C. S. Kumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur) was the chief guest in the National Weekly Discussions through A-VIEW on April 25, 2012.

The topic of the session was - Virtual Labs in Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Utmost exposure

“All Virtual Labs have related topic, manuals and additional resources,” said Dr. Kumar. “The primary focus of Virtual Lab is to enable graduate and undergraduate college and university students to do their required laboratory experiments using a portal. Nearly 300 department heads, faculties and staff from 152 institutions have been trained.”

He added that ninety one Virtual Laboratories having hundreds of experiments in Science and Engineering (nine disciplines) are accessible.

Different types

Two types of Virtual Labs have been developed under this project. Dr. Kumar, Discipline National Coordinator, Mechanical Sciences, Virtual Labs project, explained “In Simulation Based Virtual Labs, the experiments are modeled using mathematical equations. While in Remote Triggered Virtual Labs, experiments are triggered remotely. For more details, visit – www.vlab.co.in.”

Easy accessible

Answering to a question, he said Virtual Labs can be accessed by using a Personal Computer with broadband connectivity.


Around 28 Universities including Mangalayatan University, Ganpat University, Goa University, IASE University, Indian Navel Academy, Indian School of Mines and International Institute of Information Technology 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.