NPTEL is a joint venture of the IITs and IISc, funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Government of India, and was launched in 2003. Initially started as a project to take quality education to all corners of the country, NPTEL now offers close to 600+ courses for certification every semester in about 22 disciplines.

Some highlights:

  1. Largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences and selected humanities and management subjects
  2. YouTube channel for NPTEL – most subscribed educational channel, 1.3 billion views and 40+ lakhs subscribers
  3. More than 56000 hours of video content, transcribed and subtitled
  4. Most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world
  5. Translation of more than 12000 hrs of English transcripts in regional Indian languages
The students and staff should do NPTEL online certification courses for the following reasons:

  1. Enables the student to directly engage and learn from the best faculty in the country in that particular subject. This strengthens the fundamentals of the student in the course
  2. Gives the students the opportunities to explore new areas of interest – which are not possible in a regular college environment.
  3. Faculty can use these for career progression.
  4. The audience in a MOOC includes students spanning the length and breadth of India and a small fraction of foreign students. This mix of peer groups gives the students a chance to assess where they stand with respect to this group of learners.
  5. These courses also bring out the self-learning initiative of the students – where their own motivation is what drives them to complete the course and not external compulsions. This fosters the habit of keeping oneself updated always by means of self-study.
  6. The certificates issued bear the stamp of the institute offering the course and hence are valuable additions when the students apply for jobs.
  7. Companies can also recruit from this pool of candidates with specialized skills.

NPTEL Local Chapter Policy Document
Proposed List of MOOCs (NPTEL July-December 2023 timeline) for B.E. Degree Honors: