IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities.

While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India.

“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,” Anupam Basu, coordinator of NPTEL at IIT-KGP, said.

Students from eastern India will be familiarised with free online courses offered by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).

“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,” said Basu, also professor of computer science and engineering.

Too boost enrolments from the region, IIT-KGP is talking to various institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states to offer credit transfers to the students, an IIT-KGP spokesperson said.

For West Bengal, IIG-KGP would approach the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (formerly West Bengal University of Technology), while talks are on with general degree colleges like Vidyasagar College and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College of Kolkata.

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Jadavpur University and and Presidency University would also be approached, the spokesperson said.

IIT-KGP has also approached most of the private engineering colleges in Bengal.

A workshop with over 100 teachers from various private engineering colleges was held at IIT-KGP recently. PTI SUS NN SBN

DU admissions: Just 10% seats left, popular colleges finalising intake for courses

Admissions to merit-based undergraduate courses under the fourth cutoff list at Delhi University closed on Saturday, with admissions approved to almost 90% of the seats.

This may have been the last chance for many to get admitted to popular course choices in sought after colleges at DU, as many of them will be closing admissions to these courses.

DU has around 56,000 seats in its 60-odd constituent colleges, of which 50,000 seats are for merit-based undergraduate courses. Admissions to these seats are based on cutoffs .

By Saturday evening, admissions had been approved to almost 45,000 of these seats, and almost 42,000 students had paid their admission fees by 6 pm.

According to DU officials who are part of the admission process, almost 3,500 seats had been filled in the latest round of admissions, leaving only about 10% of the seats still vacant.

By Saturday evening, admissions had been approved to almost 45,000 of these seats, and almost 42,000 students had paid their admission fees by 6 pm.

Colleges such as Sri Venkateswara College have already admitted students beyond capacity. “We have approximately 1,150 seats, and we have approved 1,198 admissions. Almost all the courses will be closed for admissions, especially under the general category, in the next list,” said P Hemalatha Reddy, the principal.

Ramjas College too expects to close admissions to most of its courses, as they have less than 100 seats remaining at their institution. Kirori Mal College too has claimed that the fourth list would have been the last chance for many applicants, as most popular course choices will be closed.

However, Daulat Ram College claimed they still had around 150 seats remaining. “Even in sought after courses such as BCom, BCom (hons) and English (hons), we have a few seats remaining,” said Savita Roy, the principal.

For sciences, students may want to look to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College. “We have filled approximately 570 out of our 800 seats. Though most courses are going to be closed, we still have seats in the science courses,” said an associate professor.

The next cutoff list is expected to be released on Tuesday.

IGNOU to offer three distance courses on solar applications

In collaboration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer three Open Distance Learning (ODL) courses on solar applications from the coming session. The courses will target international students. ISA is an international alliance of 120 ‘sunshine countries’ (abundant in sunlight) with a focus on solar power utilisation.

It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015, at the CoP21 climate conference in Paris, and has its headquarters in Gurgaon.

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“All of the courses will be available on the international platform. They’ll be translated into French, Spanish and hopefully also to Arabic. For Spanish and French we already have the facility, but for Arabic it may take some time,” said IGNOU vice-chancellor Ravindra Kumar.

Kumar said the university had formed a committee to work on the modalities last week. The government has already said that the first 300 students enrolling in these programmes will not be charged any fee, although a formal announcement on the same is yet to be made. By and large, all of the 300 students will be from outside India.

Hotel management courses in Gujarat receive only 26 applicants

State’s Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has received only 26 applications this year for four-year hotel management courses, offered at four institutes approved by All India Council for Technical Education, leaving 334 seats vacant.

Bhagwan Mahavir College of Management at Bhartana near Surat has 180 seats, 60 each in hotel management and catering technology, hotel management, and hospitality and tourism administration, but it has not received a single application.

Only two candidates had applied at Asia Pacific Institute of Hotel Management at Bhoyani. After the first round of admissions that ended on July 12, 58 seats remain vacant. An official said, “We will fill up the seats with candidates from other states after the ACPC completes the second round of admissions on July 24.”

The ACPC only admits candidates domiciled in Gujarat or having studied in Gujarat.

Gujarat government’s rules allow the institutes to fill up their vacant seats with candidates from other states after the ACPC admission process is over.

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Manoj Nair of Vivekanand Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management said that the college, located on the outskirts of Rajkot, has received seven students for admission through ACPC so far.

He too echoed the Asia Pacific official, “We will fill up our remaining 53 seats with students from other states after the ACPC admissions are over.”

The government-run State Institute of Hotel Management at Siddhpur in Patan district has fared better with 17 applications. Faculty member Lata Modh said that as of now 43 seats are vacant. “But after July 24, we are authorised to fill up the vacant seats on our own. The only thing we need to do is to inform the ACPC about the candidates being admitted,” said Modh.

ACPC member-secretary G P Vadodaria said, “Perhaps the people in Gujarat don’t have the inclination for hotel management courses and that is why they are not coming forward to take admission.”

With only 10% seats remaining, popular DU colleges closing admissions to most courses

Admissions to merit-based undergraduate courses under the fourth cutoff list at Delhi University closed on Saturday, with admissions approved to almost 90% of the seats.

This may have been the last chance for many to get admitted to popular course choices in sought after colleges at DU, as many of them will be closing admissions to these courses.

DU has around 56,000 seats in its 60-odd constituent colleges, of which 50,000 seats are for merit-based undergraduate courses. Admissions to these seats are based on cutoffs .

By Saturday evening, admissions had been approved to almost 45,000 of these seats, and almost 42,000 students had paid their admission fees by 6 pm.

According to DU officials who are part of the admission process, almost 3,500 seats had been filled in the latest round of admissions, leaving only about 10% of the seats still vacant.

By Saturday evening, admissions had been approved to almost 45,000 of these seats, and almost 42,000 students had paid their admission fees by 6 pm.

Colleges such as Sri Venkateswara College have already admitted students beyond capacity. “We have approximately 1,150 seats, and we have approved 1,198 admissions. Almost all the courses will be closed for admissions, especially under the general category, in the next list,” said P Hemalatha Reddy, the principal.

Ramjas College too expects to close admissions to most of its courses, as they have less than 100 seats remaining at their institution. Kirori Mal College too has claimed that the fourth list would have been the last chance for many applicants, as most popular course choices will be closed.

However, Daulat Ram College claimed they still had around 150 seats remaining. “Even in sought after courses such as BCom, BCom (hons) and English (hons), we have a few seats remaining,” said Savita Roy, the principal.

For sciences, students may want to look to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College. “We have filled approximately 570 out of our 800 seats. Though most courses are going to be closed, we still have seats in the science courses,” said an associate professor.

The next cutoff list is expected to be released on Tuesday.

Convert PPTs Into Interactive E-Learning Courses

Corporate training has evolved over the years and eLearning has catered its part by helping it immensely. Many organizations are taking a step forward to implement digital learning as their training strategy as opposed to instructor-led training. Having said that, the Learning and Development Managers have to adapt rapid eLearning for immediate training needs. And converting the existing training materials such as PowerPoint presentations into an eLearning course can be the smart move instead of developing the content from scratch.

With arrival of HTML5 authoring tools, eLearning conversion for multi-device learning has become relatively easy. Nonetheless, we have to use sound instructional design strategies to redesign the existing training material to make eLearning courses more dynamic, engaging, and interactive.

we will walk you through step-by-step procedure to convert your PowerPoint presentations to interactive eLearning courses that can be uploaded in a Learning Management System.

#Step 1: Sequence and Structure the Content

Analyse the content and define learning objectives. Amongst all the PowerPoint presentations that are available, identify the list of slides you want to convert. Arrange those slides in a logical flow and further divide the topics according to the requirements and make sure the entire flow aligns with the learning objectives. Proper content sequencing helps you come up with the course structure aligned with the learning outcomes.

DU admissions: You can still get seats in popular honours courses

Many options were available to students seeking admission to Delhi University, with the cutoff dipping by up to 3 percentage points in popular courses in the third list announced on Thursday night.

Top colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara, Lady Shri Ram and Indraprastha College for Women still have seats in popular honours courses such as Economics, BCom, English, Political Science, History and Mathematics.

LSR topped the chart again in the third cutoff list, seeking 98% for admission to BA Psychology. The course had the highest cutoff in DU in the second list at 98.25%.

Commerce and Economics

Admissions to Economics is closed in nine colleges, including Sri Ram College of Commerce. The highest dip in cutoff for the course was recorded at Aryabhatta College, where it came down from 96% to 94%.

Seats in Economics were available in colleges such as LSR, Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff for the course is at LSR at 97.5% and lowest at Sri Aurobindo Evening at 91.5%.

BCom (Hons) is closed for admissions at 11 colleges including, SRCC, Hindu, and LSR. But seats were available at Hans Raj, KMC, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff for the course is at Hans Raj at 96.75% and lowest at Aditi Mahavidyalaya at 89.5%.

Humanities

Four colleges –Dyal Singh, Gargi, Mata Sundri and Satyawati College Evening — closed admissions to English. The highest cutoff for the course was at LSR at 97% and lowest at Zakir Hussain Evening College at 88%.

Cutoffs for BA (Hons) in English and BA (Hons) in History have also dipped by up to three percentage points.

BA Programme, which is one of the most sought after courses at DU, has also seen a dip in cutoff by up to five percentage points. At SGND Khalsa College, the cutoff for the course has dropped from 90% to 85%.

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As many 18 colleges, including Gargi, Hindu and LSR, have filled up their seats for History. But the course was still available at Kirori Mal, Hans Raj, LSR, Miranda House, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women. KMC quoted the highest cutoff for the course at 95% and while it was lowest at Swami Shraddhanad at 84%.

Admissions to Political Science was closed at 14 colleges, including Hindu and Kamla Nehru College. The highest dip in the cutoff for the course was seen at SGTB Khalsa, where it came down from 97.25% to 95.25%.

Seats in the course, however, were still available at LSR, Ramjas, Miranda House, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women. LSR quoted the highest cutoff for the course at 97.25% and lowest by Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Evening at 85%.

Science

Admission to Mathematics was closed at 13 colleges, including LSR and KMC.

But it is available for admission at colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Miranda House, KMC, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff for the course was at Hindu at 96.75% and the lowest at Vivekananda College at 90%.

Seats in Physics have been filled up at nine colleges, including Gargi, Hans Raj and Hindu. But it is open for admission at KMC, Ramjas, Miranda House, Daulat Ram and Sri Venkateswara.

For Mathematics and Physics, the cutoff has dropped by up to three percentage points. For Physics the cutoff has dropped from 93% to 90% at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences.

Musicians Institute Launches Online Courses Taught by Music Legends

The prestigious Musicians Institute, established in 1977 in LA and built on the idea that musicians should teach and learn from other musicians, is launching online courses for the first time in its history on Monday, July 17.

MI Online (MIO) is open to students around the world and includes exclusive online programs from jazz, blues, and rock guitar legend, Scott Henderson, and twisted guitar master, Oz Noy, with their unique approaches to guitar improvisation.

Other courses launching include ‘Intro to DJing’ by Musicians Institute Program Chair, Charles Chemery, and foundational music courses ‘Harmony and Theory Fundamentals’ and ‘Ear Training Fundamentals’, with a larger, specialized catalogue to come.

The 10-week courses, priced at $799, will provide a mix of pre-recorded video lessons, weekly assignments, and Live Lectures that use innovative streaming technology, all online. With small-sized classes capped at 20 students, MI Online’s highly interactive, feature-rich Learning Management System (LMS) allows students to engage in discussions and lectures with their classmates and instructors. Students will receive personalized feedback from their instructors, all of whom are accomplished musicians and Musicians Institute faculty. The course content is artist-driven, designed to help students gain real-world musical skills and training.

Inside MI Online’s virtual classrooms, students will either be required to record themselves performing for assignments and/or complete quizzes. The instructor will then review their work and provide feedback. Students who achieve grades of 70 percent or above will then be awarded an MI Online Certificate of Accomplishment.

Musicians Institute Launches Online Courses Taught by Music Legends

Donny Gruendler, President at Musicians Institute, comments, “MI Online makes it simple and accessible for anyone, anywhere—even at home in your underwear—to learn different musical areas and techniques through cutting-edge music tuition online. For nearly 40 years, MI has proudly welcomed new musicians and creative entrepreneurs into our community, and we’re excited about this next stage in our journey. As a member of the MI Online collective, students will join a dynamic worldwide community that fosters endless opportunities, whilst participating in courses that are designed and delivered by music legends.”

Enrollment is open and available to students all around the world. To try free video lessons from MI Online’s new online courses, please visit the following URLs:

Scott Henderson’s approach to guitar improvisation
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/scottfreelessons
Learn guitar improvisation techniques online and become a better artist with jazz, rock and blues guitar legend Scott Henderson. Explore how to apply diatonic scales, Scott’s approaches to fretboard organization and much more.

Oz Noy’s Twisted Guitar Improvisation
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/oznoyfreelessons
Join master guitarist Oz Noy in this 10-week online course, and learn about the uniquely crafted techniques including tonality, fretboard organization, jumping intervals, voice leading double stops, pentatonic bending points, and more.

Intro to DJing
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/DJfreelessons
Become an artist, fuel your love of music and learn how to develop your DJing skills with MI Online’s online DJ course for beginners, written by celebrated DJ and industry veteran Charlie Sputnik.

Harmony & Theory Fundamentals
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/harmonytheoryfreelessons
Master music fundamentals online with MI Online’s Harmony and Theory Fundamentals course. In this online music theory course, presented by Mark Cally, you will learn about basic symbols and notation, the musical alphabet, major scale construction, key signatures, triads and much more.

Ear Training Fundamentals
https://mio.iljmp.com/3/eartrainingfreelessons
Start your artistic journey with MI Online’s Ear Training Fundamentals course. Throughout this online course, you will constantly and consistently train your ear to identify pitch, major scales, melodies and much more.