AICTE recognises advanced level NPTEL courses for engineering faculty
The All India Council for Technical Education AICTE has approved advanced National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning NPTEL online certification courses for Faculty Development Programmes FDP for engineering college faculty under Career Advancement Scheme
Hyderabad: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved advanced National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) online certification courses for Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) for engineering college faculty under Career Advancement Scheme. A Memorandum of Agreement to this effect has been signed between NPTEL and AICTE. There are a total of 141 courses in the July-December 2018 period.
The list of eligible courses is given at nptel.ac.in/fdp.html
Highlighting the benefits of the initiative, Prof Dileep N Malkhede, Advisor-I (Research, Institute and Faculty Development), AICTE, said, “Due to limited opportunities available for faculty to attend face-to-face, residential fulltime training programs, faculty promotions under CAS are adversely affected. The one-stop solution to overcome all such problems is to register for the NPTEL-offered online courses.”
Self-assessment is made possible through weekly assignments and the final in-person proctored examination provides for certifying the learning that has taken place. Further, Prof Dileep Malkhede added, “These courses are latest and can be attended at lower pace from anywhere and still at par with conventional FDPs. Joint certification by AICTE-NPTEL makes it authentic and recognizes it for promotions under CAS. Faculty members should take benefit of these courses.”
A four-week week NPTEL course will be recognized as a half-week FDP, an eight-week NPTEL course as a one-week FDP and a 12-week course as 1.5-week FDP. This development eliminates the need for engineering college faculty to travel for FDPs, cutting down on time and cost. As the courses are online, they can be taken from anywhere across the country. NPTEL offers a wide variety of courses and faculty can also do courses from other discipline. Courses on of cutting- edge technology such as Block Chain Management, Deep Learning, IoT and Smart Cities would also be offered.
Highlighting the benefits of AICTE approving NPTEL MOOCS, Prof Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras, said, “We hope that this initiative will encourage more faculty members across the country to upgrade/refresh their knowledge more easily. This initiative where faculty completing NPTEL advanced courses being recognized by AICTE will be a great boost to the teaching community. We also hope that bodies such as University Grants Commission (UGC) will also approve the same for the teachers under colleges affiliated to them.” Every semester the list of courses approved for FDP by AICTE would be published on NPTEL website and announced by AICTE as wel