Tuesday, December 11, 2007

IIT virtual classroom

Here's some good news for all those aspirants who could not make it to the IIT class room for one reason or the other. Starting January 2008, IIT-B (Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay) is planning to launch a virtual classroom, where live lectures will be broadcast online through Edusat, the satellite service catering exclusively to the field of education.
The service will also enable engineering students from other colleges to access IIT-B lectures, plus interact with resident teachers at IIT-B. IIT-B and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to transmit lectures to any of the 1,500 engineering colleges in the country, who are keen to access the service. In addition, these lectures will be made available to institutions in south-east Asian countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, or Bhutan by tuning in to the same frequency. As a virtual classroom, IIT-B has set up a studio inside the campus, which has all the facilities required for up-linking lectures to Edusat, which can transmit them to others. Engineering colleges will have to fit receivers costing approximately Rs 3.20 lacs in their campuses to enable students to sit for lectures.


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