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AICTE approves online courses for teachers
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved advanced National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning’s (NPTEL) online certification courses for the Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) for engineering faculties under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS).
This development eliminates the need for engineering college teachers to travel for FDP, cutting down on time and cost. As the courses are online, they can be taken from anywhere across the country.
Dileep N Malkhede, Advisor-I (Research, Institute and Faculty Development), AICTE, on Monday said, “Due to limited opportunities available for the faculty to attend face-to-face, residential fulltime training programs, faculty promotions under CAS are adversely affected. The one-stop solution to overcome all such problems is to register for the NPTEL-offered online courses.”
According to the professor, self-assessment is made possible through weekly assignments and the final in-person proctored examination provides for certifying the learning that has taken place. "These courses are latest and can be attended at lower pace from anywhere and still at par with conventional FDPs. Joint certification by AICTE-NPTEL makes it authentic and recognizes it for promotions under CAS. Faculty members should take benefit of these courses", he said.
A four-week NPTEL course will be recognized as a half-week FDP, an eight-week NPTEL course as a one-week FDP and a 12-week course as one and a half week long FDP.
NPTEL offers a wide variety of courses and faculty can also do courses from other discipline. Courses on of cutting- edge technology such as Block Chain Management, Deep Learning, IoT and Smart Cities would also be offered.