Ambarnath Bhattacharya, abptakmaa, Kolkata, 27th July 2019 : National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), IIT Kharagpur organized the SWAYAM-NPTEL felicitation workshop of the East Zone for the local chapter colleges from the state of Chattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Sikkim and North East states. The curriculam based and job oriented free open online courses in the MOOCs format offered by the IITs (Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee) / IISc Bangalore under the SWAYAM initiative are being used by many Universities and Autonomous Institutions for credit transfer as per the approval of higher education regulators AICTE and UGC.
More than 16 lakh students enrolled for 380 SWAYAM-NPTEL courses during the Jan-Apr 2019 session out of which more than 2 lakh students appeared for the certification examination. Almost 12% of the examinees were from West Bengal. Based on the performance of the students, the colleges have been rated and the top 16 colleges from the East Zone out of the students, the colleges were felicitated in the workshop in the gracious presence of Prof Parthasarathi Chakraborty (Director, IIEST, Shibpur), Prof. Gopal Pathak (VC, Jharkhand University of Technology), Prof Adrijit Goswami (Dean Continuing Education & Co-ordinator NPTEL) and others.
On this occasion Pamir Roy a second year Mechanical Engineering student from NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh who had successfully completed 14 NPTEL online courses in the area of Computer Science and Engineering recieved India’s first Domain Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from NPTEL.
SWAYAM was initiated by Govt. of India and is designed to achieve the three cardinal principals of Education Policy viz, access, quality and equity. The aim of this effort is to take the best teaching and learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide between students who have hitherto remained untouched from the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge domain. The NPTEL is one of the National Co-ordinator of SWAYAM for offering the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). A total of 380 online courses covering disciplines of Engineering & Technology, Basic Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management will be offered by NPTEL during July and October 2019. NPTEL has partnered with CII and NASSCOM to offer job oriented technical courses as well.
Prof. Adrijit Goswami, Dean Continuing Education & Co-ordinator NPTEL said, It is a great opportunity for the academic institutions, regular students and also for working professionals to get online education from the best institutes of India and sharpen their with job oriented skills and achieve proficiency for placement. Publicity : Niladri Sekhar Ganguly & Maitryee Mukherjee