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IITs, IISc start admissions for 500 free online certification courses

Those who complete a domain (specified core courses + elective courses) with an average score of 60 will get a domain certificate from NPTEL. Domain certificates is a new initiative by NPTEL.

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | January 4, 2021 3:40:31 pm
NPTEL, online courses, best online courses, nptel, free online courses, iit free online courses, iit admissions, education news,More than 1.2 crore learners have joined NPTEL courses till date. The NPTEL videos have received more than 1 billion views so far, as per official data. (Image by Pexels/Representational)

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a SWAYAM national coordinator, has opened enrollment for more than 500 online certification courses, which are open to students and working professionals across India. These courses are being offered completely free of cost by NPTEL – a joint initiative by IITs and IISc.

While the courses are free, learners will have to pay a fee for the exam. Exams will be held for candidates who need certification. Certification is optional. Learners spanning ages from 13 to 86 years can take up NPTEL certification.

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NPTEL has initiated giving ‘domain certification.’ “A domain comprises a set of core and elective NPTEL courses. Those who complete a domain (specified core courses + elective courses) with an average score of 60 will get a domain certificate from NPTEL. There are no additional charges/ fees involved in obtaining domain certification. There are 44 domains across 12 disciplines available now and more are in the pipeline,” said prof Andrew Thangaraj, co-ordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras.

As part of the course, learners will have to watch videos online, submit assignments on a weekly basis and register for an in-person final exam which is invigilated. More than 1.2 crore learners have joined NPTEL courses till date, as per the official data. The NPTEL videos have received more than 1 billion views so far, it claims.

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Prathap Haridoss, co-ordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras, said,  “NPTEL currently has 49 industry partners. Experts and senior leaders from companies are contributing to NPTEL through their live sessions on various technologies and are giving career guidance to NPTEL learners. NPTEL has conducted more than 150 live sessions till date.”

SWAYAM-NPTEL currently works closely with more than 4,000 colleges in engineering, arts, commerce, science, and management disciplines across the country. Many students are taking these certification exams as it helps them in improving their employability.

Some of the popular courses include programming, data structures and algorithms using Python, basic electrical circuits, engineering thermodynamics, and health research fundamentals, and constitutional studies. Students can join these courses through the SWAYAM website as well.

Emerging courses to pursue: Virology | Actuarial science |  Pharma Marketing | FinTech Coronavirus | Robotics | Healthcare Engineering | Cyber Security | Data Science | Petroleum and Energy | Design Strategy | Business analytics | Digital auditing | Digital marketing | Luxury management | Machine learning | Gaming Industry | Product design | Transport mobility design | IoT and social media

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