CHENNAI: National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning ( NPTEL ), a joint online learning initiative of IITs and IISc , has launched new courses on electric vehicles and renewable energy, design for IoT, business and sustainable development for its July 2021 semester through the Swayam platform.
NPTEL offers more than 500 courses free of cost to learners across the country in online mode. The courses are taught by the faculty from IITs and IISc. The enrolments for July - Dec 2021 Semester have commenced and the last date to enrol for the first set of NPTEL courses is August 2.
“SWAYAM-NPTEL is currently working with more than 4,000 educational institutions in engineering, arts, science, commerce, and management across the country. Students and faculty from these institutions take up NPTEL courses to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Some of the popular courses on NPTEL platform include Data Science for Engineers, courses on programming in Python, C, C++, Introduction to Machine Learning, Soft skills, Project Planning and Control , among others," Vignesh Muthuvijayan, NPTEL coordinator at IIT- Madras, said.
NPTEL offers certification courses through the MOOCs format. Learners must watch videos online, submit assignments on a weekly/monthly basis and can register for an optional proctored final exam. There is a nominal fee charged towards the in-person proctored exam for the certification. Students can request for transfer of credits once they clear the NPTEL certification exam, if it is approved by the educational institute they are affiliated with.
NPTEL has received more than 1.4 crore enrolments till date. NPTEL videos have received more than one billion views so far and NPTEL channels on YouTube have more than 3.1 million subscribers. It was initiated by seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003.