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Mridusmita Deka|Jun 6, 2023
NEW DELHI: The National Programme on Technology Enhancement Learning (NPTEL) has opened enrolment for more than 500 online certification courses, a statement from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras said.
NPTEL is a joint initiative of the IITs and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru. The courses being offered on SWAYAM for January-April 2021 Semester are free of cost and open to both students and working professionals. A nominal fee is charged for the in-person proctored exams for the certification.
On the courses offered, Andrew Thangaraj, coordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras, said “In order to streamline the efforts of learners and to guide them to obtain expertise in an area, NPTEL has initiated the idea of ‘domain certification.’ A domain comprises a set of core and elective NPTEL courses.”
“Those who complete a domain with an average score of 60 will get a domain certificate from NPTEL. There are no additional charges or fees involved in obtaining domain certification. There are 44 domains across 12 disciplines available now and more are in the pipeline,” he added.
The popular courses sought by the students include programming, data structures and algorithms using Python, basic electrical circuits, engineering thermodynamics, health research fundamentals and constitutional studies.
“NPTEL has been working towards bringing in an industry perspective to its technically rich courses and started partnering with companies through NPTEL Industry-Associate initiative. Companies can partner with NPTEL and use NPTEL courses to train their freshers, cross-skill and up-skill their existing workforce,” said Prathap Haridoss, professor and coordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras.
More than 1.2 crore learners have joined NPTEL courses to date. The NPTEL videos have received more than 1 Billion views so far.
SWAYAM-NPTEL currently works closely with more than 4,000 colleges in engineering, arts, commerce, science and management disciplines across the country, the statement also said. Many students are taking these certification exams as it helps them in improving their employability.
In a survey conducted by NPTEL with the colleges to understand the impact of NPTEL courses on employability, 82.9% of the colleges mentioned that NPTEL courses had a positive impact and that the students who took up these courses gained the confidence to attend and clear technical interviews and technical assessments.
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