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

Disabled students won’t get free hostel facilities at rehab university if they fail in exams

Divyang (specially abled) students who fail in their exams at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will not be eligible for the university’s free hostel and mess facilities.

Vice chancellor prof Nishith Rai chaired an important meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on this and other new rules governing hostel allotment and occupancy.

The new hostel regulations were approved in the meeting after the discussion, said Prof AP Tiwari, academic advisor to vice chancellor and spokesperson for the university.

Only those specially abled students, who clear their exams and have at least 75% attendance, will get the free facilities

Only those specially abled students, who clear their exams and have at least 75% attendance, will get the free facilities. The hostel allotment will be done on merit.

Only those local divyang students who live over 20 km from the university will get hostel facilities. Local non-divyang students will not get hostel facilities.

The university has fixed the maximum stay permitted in hostels.

Students pursuing a diploma can stay in hostels for two years, those doing graduation can be there for three years, postgraduate students for two years and PhD scholars for three years. Meals will be served according to a daily pre-charted menu.

The food quality in the mess will be constantly monitored. The regulations also provide for strict action against those indulging in indiscipline and unlawful activities. FIR will be lodged against such students at the nearest police station.

The students and their parents will be required to give an undertaking with respect to adherence to discipline and anti ragging rules. The new hostel regulations were approved in the meeting after a threadbare discussion on various facets of hostel affairs, said Prof AP Tiwari, academic advisor to vice chancellor and media spokesperson of the university.

The meeting was attended by registrar Amit Kumar Singh, finance officer Shivakant Shukla, dean (academics) AP Tiwari, controller of examination AK Dubey, proctor P Rajivanayan, additional chief provost Puspendra Misra, provost (girls’ hostel) Kaushiki Singh, staff officer to the VC and superintendent girls hostel Bindu Tripath, Brijendra Singh and many others.

UP govt allocates Rs 50cr for free wifi in varsities, degree colleges

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday allocated Rs 50 crore to enable free data services for students of universities and degree colleges across the state while presenting its first budget.

The state finance minister Rajesh Agarwal presented a Rs 3.84 lakh crore budget, which provides Rs 36,000 crore for waiver of crop loan for farmers, in the assembly.

The first budget of the Adityanath government, which has a deficit of Rs 7469 crore, also provides Rs 55,781 crore for new schemes with some named after the RSS ideologues and for the promotion of religious and cultural tourism etc.

According to sources, the wifi services would be available to students from the current academic session. The government has tied up with a private operator that has agreed to provide free services to the students.

Officials said it will bring a revolution in higher education. They added it will not be difficult for the state government to move towards the concept of digitalisation at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling both at the Centre and in the state.

wifi in universities

Initially, the services will be made available to students of state-run universities and government funded colleges.

“The decision will help student free access to the internet and help them in their research work. A lot of study and research materials are available online for the students,” Lucknow University spokesperson NK Pandey said.

The government granted funds to universities and colleges to develop infrastructure and opening new schools and colleges and create research chairs across the state.

A sum of Rs 9 crore was allocated to establish a chair in all state universities to mark the birth centenary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay. The nearly century-old Lucknow University was given an additional grant of Rs 2 crore for establishing a research chair in the name of Bhaurao Devras.

The state government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 15 crore for completing under construction rooms. Another Rs 5 crore was allocated for Jannayak Chandrashekhar State University in Balia. The government has also sanctioned Rs 27 crore for the completion of new government engineering colleges in Sonbhadra, Kannauj and Mainpuri.

It also made an allocation of Rs 50 lakh for the developing a software for online affiliation of new colleges and universities.

A sum of Rs 25 crore was allocated for making 166 Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Government Modern Schools for promoting secondary education. The state government has also allocated Rs 551.94 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh and additional Rs 2.54 crore for distribution of midday meal in primary and upper primary schools.