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IIT Madras National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a joint initiative of IITs and IISc is inviting applications for the courses in January 2022 Semester.

NPTEL is offering 593 courses across Engineering, Sciences, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences through the SWAYAM platform. Learners can enroll for free of cost for these courses through https://swayam.gov.in/NPTEL

The enrolments to the courses for the January – May 2022 Semester have already commenced. The Last Date to enroll for the 1st set of courses is 31st January 2022. Some of the most popular courses offered this time include Data Science for Engineers, Electrical Vehicles, programming courses such as Python, Java, C and C++.

An array of new courses are also introduced for the January 2022 term including a course on Hindustani Music, Multidisciplinary courses such as Research Methodology for students in research, Basic Course in Ornithology, Oral Biology for students in Dental Studies,  Blockchain and its Applications, and Online Privacy, among others. Introduction to Machine Learning course is offered in Tamil and Signals and Systems course is offered in Hindi in this semester.

Emphasising the increasing popularity of the courses and the NPTEL YouTube channel with more than 52,402 hours of video content and 3.7 million subscribers, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator, NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “In a world predominated by digital technology, online education has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Given the greater need for virtual communication amid the ongoing pandemic, along with a renewed emphasis across industries on skill development, NPTEL has become a pillar of the open education community. It is an invaluable resource to millions of learners around the world.”

Over the years, 1.58 Crore+ learners have enrolled in NPTEL courses. The optional proctored certification exam can be taken by learners for a nominal fee to earn certificates from the IITs. The learner has to be present in person for the exam and currently there are exam centers in more than 150 cities across India.

Sharing experience in taking NPTEL Online Courses, Mr. Sarvesh Dwivedi, an NPTEL Star Learner said, “NPTEL acts as a bridge between me and my subjects by providing me a platform where I get to learn from Professors from the top institutions of India. This platform has helped me in getting a better knowledge of my subjects which is useful not only in my semesters but also in other competitive exams. I am really thankful to NPTEL for introducing me to an advanced world of learning.”

Further, Prof. Vignesh Muthuvijayan, Coordinator, NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “NPTEL has created life-changing new learning opportunities for millions of learners around the world spearheading the transformation in the field of online learning and continues to reimagine knowledge sharing to benefit learners everywhere.”

Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan added, “There is a surge in demand for high-quality, accessible, and free online education resources. NPTEL, during these times of crisis brings light on to thousands of lives. We are giving an opportunity for students to learn from the comfort of their home.”

To cater to the needs of the learners, NPTEL offers support through internships and soft skills training for students from rural India. 1.2 Lakh students have reaped the benefits of scholarships to complete the NPTEL course certification through exam fee waiver.

New age technologies, demographic shifts and the impact of COVID-19 have been drastically remodeling the way that organizations conduct business and the significant re-skilling and upskilling of the global workforce is essential to advance the newly found digital world. People of all ages and all walks of life can learn from the NPTEL video lectures, assignments, live interactive sessions by faculty, and engage through discussion forums to pursue their curiosity and passion.

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