Register for ACM India Student Webinar on 5 May with Andrew Thangaraj: "NPTEL - Pioneer in Online Education in India"

April 28, 2020

The second session of the special mini-series of student oriented webinars is on an equally interesting topic. The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) takes pride in being one of the world’s largest online repositories with courses in engineering, basic sciences and selected humanities and social sciences subjects, and the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world.

Register now for the second session of our ACM India Student Webinar series, "NPTEL—Pioneer in Online Education in India", to be presented on Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 11 am IST by Andrew Thangaraj of IIT Madras. The host for this session will be Shekhar Sahasrabudhe, Chief Operating Officer of ACM India Council.

Registrations are limited, so please register early and secure your spot. Although this is a student-oriented initiative, all students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: NPTEL, a project funded by MHRD, has more than 54,000 hours of video content created by faculty of IITs/IISc and other premier institutes in the last 17 years. NPTEL spearheaded the introduction of MOOCs in India adapting processes suited to the local scenario, introducing collaboration with more than 3800 colleges across the country and successfully offering more than 400 courses every semester that see 20 lakhs+ enrolments, making it India's largest MOOCs platform for Engineering. NPTEL also has an Industry Associate programme that reaches out to companies to explore recruitment of the certified candidates to satisfy their resource requirements, co-teach courses to add the industry perspective to the academically rich courses. In short, NPTEL has been disrupting the traditional learning methodologies, providing open access to some of the best teachers in the premier institutes, encouraging cross disciplinary learning, with neither age nor geographical location being a barrier to a motivated learner.

This talk will share the learnings and challenges faced during the journey of NPTEL. It will also bring out ways of making the best use of this rich platform and how such a medium can beautifully complement the brick and mortar mode of education while gently moving towards the possibility of offering online diplomas and degrees.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Prof. Andrew Thangaraj received his B Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1998 and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2003. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the GTL-CNRS Telecom lab at Georgia Tech Lorraine, Metz, France from August 2003 to May 2004. Since 2004, he has been a faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, where he is currently a professor.

His research interests are in the broad areas of information theory, error-control coding and information-theoretic aspects of cryptography. Since Jan 2012, he has been serving as Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Since November 2011, he has been one of the NPTEL coordinators for IIT Madras. He was instrumental in initiating the online certification effort of NPTEL and is currently the National Coordinator of the National MOOCs portal SWAYAM.

Shekhar Sahasrabudhe, Chief Operating Officer of ACM India Council