India’s free digital learning platform for higher studies – NPTEL

In their own words

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. Five core disciplines were identified, namely, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering and mechanical engineering and 235 courses in web/video format were developed in this phase.

The main goal of NPTEL Phase II (2009-14) was to build on the engineering and core science courses launched previously in NPTEL Phase I. An additional 600 web and video courses were created in all major branches of engineering, physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. Several improvements such as indexing of all video and web courses and keyword search were implemented

NPTEL is a digital learning platform that is an exceptionally good source of knowledge and information for anyone across the globe. I, at the age of 43 yrs, am going through some of the course lectures. Classes are generally video recordings of real sessions done in India’s premier educational institutions like the IITs, IISc and NITs.

These courses are extremely useful for a wide variety of individuals:

  • Students of good institutions who need to look at their previous course contents or revise some of the lectures.
  • Students of institutions with not good faculty can fulfill their knowledge gap by listening to the lectures from some of India’s best professors.
  • Working professionals who want to learn some concepts that will help them at work, try new things or upskill themselves for professional growth.
  • General readers who simply want to quench their thirst for knowledge.

Readers can go through past video lectures in a variety of subjects that are taught at these premier institutes. NPTEL also offers courses with assignments and packaging of courses that can turn individual into domain experts. One the main challenges we have in learning new things is our difficulty in knowing what to focus on. For example, I am a Software Development Manager but my interest is in Embedded Systems space. While going through the foundational principles I should be aware of, I came across multiple topics, including Real Time Systems (RTS). Now, it is difficult for me figure out what parts of RTS is essential. This is where the course on offer in NPTEL is helping. I am currently listening to video lectures of RTS by an IIT Kharagpur professor. There are a total of 50 lectures, each 50 minutes long. And I am able to find a definite structure to my learning process now.

I personally feel this is the best thing in India today for higher studies. Please do take this opportunity to keep your learning and growing cycle running.

Link to NPTEL website to access all course –

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