The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati and Madras) along with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) in 2003 under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India, for the creation of web and video courses in various disciplines of engineering, basic sciences, management and humanities. The idea was to give access to teaching material created by faculty of premier institutes to anyone who has an internet connection and a system and also to make available the best quality of content and education available to anyone who is interested in learning.ACHIEVEMENTS OF NPTEL:
In the last 18 years, NPTEL has been able to reach a large number of learners and was able to create a huge impact. A summary is given below.
NPTEL began offering certification to students for participating in open online courses (which consist of pre-recorded video lectures, lecture notes and assignments all of which are online) in March 2014.Through this online portal, courses of 4, 8, and 12 weeks duration in various engineering disciplines, sciences, humanities and management that include relevant exposure to tools and technologies are currently being offered by NPTEL. We have received more than 1.2 crore enrollments for various courses in NPTEL till date. The certification is an optional part of the open online courses which is a confirmation of the student’s participation and performance in the open online course. Since the certification exam is designed to be an in person proctored examination, it involves a registration fee of Rs.1,000 per exam to cover the cost of exam logistics and invigilation. We have received 16.8 lakh enrollments for the semester (Jan-May 21) and 2.4 lakh learners have registered for the in-person proctored exams.