Amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extended lockdown, different organizations are coming forward to provide free online education to the students. Due to the nationwide lockdown and the educational institutes remain closed, the students have to stay home. It might show some sort of impact on their educational system and academics.
To overcome such problems, NPTEL, IIT Madras jointly planned to provide free 1-hour interactive lectures through live streaming. To implement this live program, the authorities of this organization have initiated a YouTube channel. Through the channel, they provide lectures on various topics. It ranges from career guidance, basic topics and technology-related content and more.
The MHRD has initiated the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning [NPTEL] and harmonized it with IIT Madras and some other IITs. This initiative helps the students to acquire access to special lecture programs online on various topics. The students who are highly affected due to the countrywide lockdown can utilize these free online education services.
As per the latest announcement, the online lectures will be commenced from 13th April 2020 and ends soon after lifting the lockdown. The interesting element in this program is that these lectures will be available free of cost to all the students. Using the link given below, the students can visit the official YouTube channel and take part in the online lectures.
Professor Andrew Thangaraj, the Faculty In-Charge of NPTEL-IIT Madras explained a few highlights of this lecture series. He said, ‘These lectures provide students an exposure to listening to eminent speakers from various domains. They can go a long way in motivating students to aspire higher and learn better. NPTEL- IIT Madras was always keen to launch such a full-fledged lecture series on career options available to students. These talks by industry professionals provide the students with first-hand insights into the aspects of the courses to be pursued, the work-life balance in the career described. There is no better time than now to offer this series as it would benefit students and faculty members who have to remain in their homes for their safety.’
We all know that Prime Minister Modi had decided to extend the nationwide lockdown till 3rd May 2020. Till then, all the educational organizations across the country will remain closed. To overcome the loss, some of the institutes are striving to provide online education to the aspirants. However, students from weaker communities couldn’t participate in the online classes due to the inaccessibility of such digital resources.