NPTEL is an acronym for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning which is an initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for creating course contents in engineering and science. NPTEL as a project originated from many deliberations between IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) during the years 1999-2003. A proposal was jointly put forward by five IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras) and IISc for creating contents for 100 courses as web based supplements and 100 complete video courses, for forty hours of duration per course. Web supplements were expected to cover materials that could be delivered in approximately forty hours. Five engineering branches (Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics and Communication and Mechanical) and core science programmes that all engineering students are required to take in their undergraduate engineering programme in India were chosen initially. Contents for the above courses were based on the model curriculum suggested by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the syllabi of major affiliating Universities in India

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning(NPTEL) (A Programme fully supported by MHRD) To facilitate the competitiveness of Indian industry in the global ,markets through improving the quality of human resource by enhancing the quality and reach of engineering education.

Operational Objective

To design high quality learning material and make it available to students of engineering institutions across the country by Exploiting the advances in Information & Communication Technology.

Format and Mode of Delivery

Video courses for transmission through EKLAVYA TECHNOLOGY CHANNEL and also through video streaming.

Web-based learning material through NPTEL server(s) suitably located.

Participating Institutes and Number of Courses

Seven IITs and IISc are designing 120 video and 120 web courses in the areas of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the first phase.

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