The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati and Madras) along with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It is a programme under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India, initiated in 2003 for the creation of web and video courses in various disciplines of engineering, basic sciences, management and humanities. Currently more than 940 + courses are available on the web portal http://nptel.ac.in for viewing and download at no cost.
NPTEL has initiated open online courses with certification for full semester (40 hr- 12 week) courses and for courses offered on the model of Moocs (20 hr – 8 weeks) and (10 hr – 4 weeks) on its online courses portal http//onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in. The enrollment to the courses is free and the learning involves no cost while the certification exam involves an exam fee. The objective of enabling students to obtain certificates from courses is to make students employable in the industry or pursue a suitable higher education programme.
Through the Single Point of Contact Coordinator (SPOC-NPTEL) and twelve Faculty coordinators from various departments students were encouraged to join the certification courses. Total 338 students registered for 20 hour course and 27 students registered for 40 hour course. The Students were also guided by NPTEL mentors in their respective departments. The 20 hr course was successfully completed by the student which was of 8 weeks of duration and the certification examination was taken on 27th March 2016. The 40 hr Examination is scheduled on 24th April 2016.