Kolkata: IIT Kharagpur, country's premier technology institute is all set to offer certificate courses.
The virtual classes held through video conferencing, in which teachers from the institute will run the 14-week crash course.
Student located in any of the seven cities can enroll for the courses.The interaction between teacher and student can be done online and through video-conferencing.This enables student to sit at the other side and listen to lectures.
According to TOI, IIT-KGP is contemplating to set up virtual classes centres in seven cities namely Bangalore, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.
Initially, the premier institute of technology will offer 14 micro-specialization courses.The number of courses will be increased to 50 in the later years.
The courses will be jointly run in collaboration with premier institutes, prominent industry or consortium of industry. In order to lay emphasis on interaction with industry, the IIT-KGP has decided to slash the four-year B.Tech programme to three and a half years.
The remaining six months will be setting aside for a start up with the industry. But for this one has to get 176 to 182 credit points, while others will have to slog out in classrooms before they get this opportunity.
The programme conceived by IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakraborty will enable corporate employee to update their CV with a micro-specialisation certificate on emerging subjects such as photonics, wireless embedded systems, electronic materials.
"The method is cost affective and doesn't need students or the faculty to leave their place of work," the IIT-KGP director added.
A student will should have to take a minimum 14 credit points to get the certificate. Explaining the credit point system, the director said that a student needs to perform 12 hours of classroom study in a week to earn a credit point.
It boils down to doing two hours of class per day after office. A certificate from IIT-KGP can be earned in 14 weeks. But for this one has to get 176 to 182 credit points, while others will have to slog out in classrooms before they get this opportunity.
The fee structure for the certificate courses is not yet decided and will be finalised shortly.