Expanding the IIT classrooms: Open Education and IITs
The NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning) is an open education initiative geared towards providing high-quality video and other supplementary material for students and institutions.
The primary contributors to the initiative are seven of the IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Educators from these institutions have collaborated to provide users with videos on the entire core syllabus of the All India Council for Technical Education, essentially providing both students and colleges with a means to either replace or greatly supplement their existing resources.
The primary difference between NPTEL and other famous online educational initiatives like MIT’s Open Courseware or the Coursea.org platform is that NPTEL is made in primarily recognition of the huge difference in expertise between the faculty of the IITs and IISc, and other institutions – and as a means to bridge that gap .
While we all may decry the kind of education being meted out in so many institutions across the country, this initiative is perhaps the perfect illustration of how premier institutions like the IIT can help to alleviate the huge divide that exists between the Educational haves and have-nots.
At the end of the day, isn’t it true that the rising tide would lift all boats?
FAQ about the NPTEL initiative: [Link]
NPTEL YouTube videos: [YouTube]