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IIT starts live telecast of lectures

Mumbai, Jan 2 (IANS) In a major initiative, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) Wednesday started telecasting its lectures free of cost to engineering colleges around the country.

“These lectures are being telecast live through EduSat. Students can avail real-time access to IIT-B tutoring and also interact with the resident faculty,” Arvind Patil, project coordinator for IIT-B, told IANS.

Vinay Topkar, dean (academics), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), said this initiative would be highly beneficial to students as well as engineering colleges.

“It is a tedious task to find knowledgeable faculty. By such transmission, we would interact with world-class professors and our students would be able to attach their names to IIT without attending it,” said Topkar.

So far, more than 100 engineering colleges have purchased receivers from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to access IIT-B classrooms.

On the first day, 34 colleges participated in the interactive sessions. The 12-hour telecast started this morning at 8.30 a.m., Patil said.

The joint initiative of IIT-B and ISRO includes broadcasting regular lectures in 13 courses, including software engineering, computation fluid dynamics, embedded systems, instrumentation control and fibre optic communication.

“Apart from the faculty, subject experts will also be coming to deliver these lectures, offering value addition for the students in the remotest parts of India,” said Patil.