The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will soon be spreading awareness about the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and the free courses that the programme offers which students can access online. They would be approaching higher education institutions in Eastern India for the purpose.
As per an Indian Express report, the IITs and IISc's joint initiative NPTEL offers 160 courses in agriculture, management studies, mathematics and basic science, computer science, engineering and humanities.
NPTEL IIT KGP coordinator Anupam Basu said, "The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from Eastern India, but also the colleges and universities in the region are not aware of it. We are sure if people get to know about the facility and that it is encouraged by AICTE and UGC, there will be many takers''.
Out of 5 lakh students enrolled with the programme, only 7 per cent are from Eastern India. IIT KGP has been contacting education institutions in Odisha, West Bengal and the North Eastern states in order to promote enrollment to these courses. Other technological institutes like Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Jadavpur University, Presidency University and other private engineering colleges in West Bengal have already been approached.