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Delivering through an E-classroom

JNTUH has necessary infrastructure to connect their classrooms to other institutions

— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Crossing barriers: Lectures at e-classroom in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, Kukatpally.

Sitting in the cool confines of JNTU Hyderabad College of Engineering a group of teachers were keenly listening to an expert lecture delivered by a professor of IIT Bombay from his classroom. Along with this group of teachers were a few others gaining the knowledge sitting in several parts of the country.

It was not just the lecture that mattered but these teachers were able to question the professor sitting at IIT Bombay and clarify the doubts. It was as if the professor was addressing them directly, and this was possible thanks to the E-classroom infrastructure acquired by the JNTUH College of Engineering. “It is one of the few colleges that has the facility to connect their classrooms to any IIT or such big institutions and listen to the expert lectures,” says Dr. N. V. Ramana Rao, Principal, JNTUH College of Engineering.

He says the college has the necessary infrastructure and the hardware to not only to connect their classrooms to any top institution that has an E-classroom, but also conduct workshops for teachers or students on a large scale connecting them to institutions across the country. Recently, an ISTE workshop on ‘Thermodynamics' was organised under the National Mission on Education through ICT which is funded by MHRD. The aim of this mission is to use the Internet Communication Technology to benefit the maximum number of faculty members throughout India simultaneously.

Prof. Gaitonde who has more than 20 years of experience in teaching Thermodynamics, one of the toughest subjects in Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. Bhandarkar delivered the lectures.

A total of 50 faculty members have been benefitted through this workshop at JNTUHCEH. The 10-day session saw participation of 840 faculty members in 31 remote centres throughout India and it left them with new insights into Thermodynamics.

The inaugural function saw some eminent teachers in the field like Prof. Sukhatme, an eminent professor & former director of I. I. T. Bombay and Padmasri awardee, Prof. Khakhare, Director, IIT Bombay, and Prof. Phatan, the brain behind National Mission on Education through ICT.

The JNTUH Vice-Chancellor, D.N. Reddy said virtual classrooms and virtual labs were the future and Institutions should prepare to change.

He congratulated JNTUH CEH for having been identified as the Remote Centre for the programme. He said ICT was the solution to improve access and quality in education. The workshop was coordinated by G. Vijaya Kumari and P. Bhramara.

R.RAVIKANTH REDDY

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