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Academics & Industry Ties-To Drive On Online Edu'n

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Academics-Industry To Drive Online Edu'n
Some of the well known and biggest brands in Indian Academics and Industry are now coming together for taking Initiatives on Online Education. It provides certification in courses from top institutions and upgrade the quality of the workforce.

The partnership deals are made among the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) which is led by IIT and IISC and has Google, Nasscom, TCS, Cognizant and Indian Institutes of Information Technology. The web courses were released Online in October 2012.

NPTEL will be offering courses certification with live exams at the end. It is to move massive open course platform, which may be provided by Google's Course-builder or Harvard and MIT-promoted online courses platform edX or both. These actions shall be put into act from July onwards.

To begin with, NPTEL will start with certification for three computer science courses- Algorithms, data structures and programming languages. While the courses is free, a fee will be charged for certification. These three courses have been developed in association with IT firms TCS and cognizant, which are giving inputs for course material and allowing NPTEL to use their centres across the country for the final exams.

Also, Nasscom is supporting the Venture and Infosys, where Wipro is expected to join soon. The most important among these is that the faculties from seven IIIT's are providing inputs for Course material.

Professor K Mangala Sunder, national coordinator of NPTEL said "IT companies want to improve quality of education and are working with IIT faculty. It is not a replacement for in-house training but students will be better qualified".

"NPTEL is further looking for a software platform to host its content along the lines of international providers Coursera and edX. Both Coursera and edX have millions of users, and Indians account for about 15%, second only to the US. The NPTEL channel, currently on YouTube, has 1.5 lakh subscribers and 8.7 crore views", he added.

"The mentors will be company employees who are senior programmers," he said

IIT-M professor and head of the certification process said "Although there is no written commitment, the understanding is that the companies will consider people who fare well in these courses for recruitment.The course will be free but we will charge a token fee for certification to meet some of the expenses."

NPTEL is transcribing all its video lectures and offering them as text and audio files. This will be launched on Of the 20,000 courses on offer, 2,500 have been transcribed.

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