Mumbai: The training
programme for 10,000 teachers was inaugurated Monday by Human
Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal at the Indian Institute
Under the 'Talk to a Teacher' project of the National Mission on
Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT)
of his ministry, training for 10,000 engineering college teachers
from across the country is conducted by leveraging broadband
network and ICT tools.
The programme is being conducted through 168 remote centres across
India. The lectures are delivered from IIT Bombay by professors of
the institute and IIT Madras.
Through the software A-VIEW, audio-video connectivity is provided
between all the centres and IIT Bombay. The course consists of
lectures, live interactions and lab sessions.
"This method of synchronous education has been developed at IIT
Bombay, under the leadership of D.B. Phatak. This method of
education allows participation of a large number of women
teachers, who normally are unable to join contact programmes at
distant locations, owing to family commitments," an IIT official
Sibal interacted with the remote centres from Kanyakumari, Rajkot,
Srinagar and Nagpur.
A representative of IIT Bombay presented an Aakash Tablet to the
Unlike other tablet devices, Aakash could also be used to create
computer programmes in Python, C, C++ and Scilab, he said.