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Fillip for engg. college faculty

For the plethora of engineering colleges struggling to find the right faculty, the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has come in handy for delivering quality content jointly created by seven Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.

Contents in five engineering branches — Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, and Mechanical — have been created based on the model curriculum suggested by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the syllabi of major affiliating universities in the country.

Since a majority of teachers are young and inexperienced and undergraduate degree holders, it has become imperative for the IITs, IISc, NITs and other leading universities to disseminate teaching/learning content of high quality. And the NPTEL contents have been envisaged as core curriculum content for training purposes. Under NPTEL, which is implemented by the National Programme Committee headed by the Joint Secretary of Higher Education, MHRD, and the Programme Implementation Committee headed by M.S. Ananth, Director IIT Madras, open course materials for engineering and science students and teachers have been provided free of cost.

There are 125 web courses accessible through the website http://nptel.iitm.ac.in and 135 video lecture courses in addition to the large repositories of video lectures prepared by the IITs. The video content is available in MPEG-4 format with a bit-rate of 512 kbps.

Video courses on Ocean Engineering, Biotechnology, Metallurgy and Mining were also added in the recent past. At the end of the second phase in which participation of over 1,000 faculty members from NITs and major universities have been enlisted, there will be about 400 video lecture courses (with about 16,000 hours of lectures).

When it is completed, the NPTEL will carry the distinction of being the largest video repository of technical lecture-courses in the world.

R. KRISHNAMOORTHY

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