The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has tied up with the glass Industry to reach out to upcoming architects and civil engineers. Along with IIT Madras, it will provide a course which seeks to empower engineers about the efficient use of glass in the construction sector. The course which will be offered as a MOOCs is a one of a kind open learning mode, available for the first time in India.

This course will be available in 1,600 colleges and educational institutions all over the country. Along with other IITs, IIT Madras will provide content for the course, which will be offered as a Massive Online Open Course, in a first of its kind initiative.

NPTEL and IIT Madras, entered into an MoU with Glass Academy Foundation on 20th February 2018 signed by Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, and C. N. Raghavendran, Chairman of Glass Academy Advisory Board.

Andrew Thangaraj, the NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras, said, “Collaborating with the industry is the next step for NPTEL to bridge the gap between academia and industry and make college graduates more job ready.”

Speaking on the objective of the tie-up, CN Raghavendran said, “Traditional materials have been the subject of study and training for decades. However, modern-day glass as a material in construction is yet to become a subject of study and training in academic institutions. Our association with NPTEL will strengthen further by co-offering and co-certifying our courses as an elective to Architecture and Civil Engineering students.”

The first joint online certification courses targeted towards Architecture and Civil Engineering students will begin in the July-Dec 2018 Semester.   Future prospects of offering internships and job opportunities to top performers are also being explored.

Source: The Economic Times