The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is soon booked to approach higher education institutions like the Eastern India to raise awareness about the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and the courses the programme offers free of cost, which are accessible to the students all over via internet.
NPTEL is a joint initiative by IITs and IISC and offers a total of 160 courses covering fields right from agriculture and humanities to management studies and engineering. The NPTEL IIT KGP coordinator Anupam Basu says, “The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from Eastern India, but also the colleges and universities in the region are not aware of it. We are sure if people get to know about the facility and that it is encouraged by AICTE and UGC, there will be many takers.”
A total of 5 lakh candidates have registered for the programme as of yet,of which, only 7% participation came from the Eastern India and in order to boost enrollment in these courses, IIT KGP has been in constant touch with education institutions in Odisha, West Bengal and the North Eastern states.
While IITs has already made conversation with Vidyasagar College and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College of Kolkata, IIT KGP will next pay a visit to the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology probably, and talk in regard of the courses.
As of yet, many other technology institutes like that of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Jadavpur University, Presidency University and other private engineering colleges in West Bengal have been approached by the institutes.