2 IIT-Bombay courses to feature on global online platform soon

IIT-Bombay is the only institute from India involved in edX, which offers 176 courses online to 2.1 million users.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2014 12:53 am

Two courses from IIT-Bombay will make their way to edX, a popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, next month. MOOCs offer people access to information free of cost via the web, and it is for the first time that courses from India will make it to the global platform.

Co-founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012, edX offers high quality varsity level online courses from across disciplines free of cost. Currently, 47 global institutes, corporates and non-profit organisations are associated with the edX initiative to bring learning to everyone who has access to a computer. IIT-Bombay is the only institute from India involved in edX, which offers 176 courses online to 2.1 million users.

The courses from IIT-Bombay — one on ‘introduction to computer programming’ by Prof Deepak B Phatak from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and another on ‘thermodynamics’ by Prof Udau N Gaitonde — will go live on edX on July 28, sources said.

India is also looking to tap into MOOCs. The University Grants Commission has set up a committee under former IIT-Kanpur director Prof S G Dhande to assess the possibility of MOOC-based learning in India. The HRD Ministry is also looking at ways to set up a platform similar to edX.

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    Venkat Balaji
    Jun 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    This is interesting. India is already a pioneer in offering very large online courses. One of the most innovative MOOCs globally is currently run by IITM-Chennai with NCOM with TCS providing examination services. This course, offered under the aegis of NPTEL- one ofthe largest online course publishing projects in the world. Current estimate is that nearly 55000 people have signed up. The purpose is to build employable IT skills which can be certified. Earlier, IIT-Kanpur successfully conducted an online course on mobile tech with students coming from 116 countriesdia is a resourceful country in this regard. My appeal to desk editors and reporters in IE: please highlight real achievements. edX is not an honor society and offering courses on it is not headline news, at least not for India!
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