NPTEL Phase II Frequently or Infrequently asked questions and answers
What is the purpose of NPTEL?
The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning is a project
funded by our parent ministry to provide alternatives to learning
engineering and science. In Phase I, based on a curriculum suitable
for many engineering students and teachers in India at the UG level
in five disciplines (civil, cse, electrical, electronics,
mechanical) and common core science and humanities,
approximately 120 courses in the web based format and approximately
120 courses of video lectures (40 one-hour lectures per course) were
Are these courses actually watched by anyone?
I will upload the statistics. You can make your own judgement.
Can private colleges mirror these courses?
Yes, for a small fee.
Where can I find these courses, and other ancillary material?
Visit IITM site or
visit the Youtube site
You will find lots of questions about NPTel answered by visiting the
IITM site, so I will stop saying more about NPTEL per se.
So what's next?
In phase II, additional disciplines, and PG courses are going to be
developed. Since CSE was covered in phase I, we are focusing on PG
Which courses are going to be developed, and who will decide
A meeting of discipline coordinators across the NPTEL partners was held
on June 3-4 to decide this. A list of possible courses appears
here. The syllabus will be decided by the names listed in the
document. Kindly go through this, because this list might became
final "very soon now".
That said, the general guideline is that the course should be
useful to a large number of engg students in the country. Make that
"large number of engg students who do not have teachers or good
teachers for the course that is already there in the curriculum as
proposed by AICTE, Anna Univ, etc. for those students to get a
degree". Consider the course "Percolation Computing". Would you
consider that course to be a stable course in the country? How long
has it been there in IIT? Is it there because one or two researchers
need this course, or is it a national or international need? These
kinds of questions are hard to ask, and of course, hard to answer. A
biased view does not help.
Are there assignments in these courses? What is the course
instructor's responsibility (official) as far as answering queries
etc. from students who might view the course later on? Can I opt to
say that I will not commit to answering any such queries, except
when they are from my class in IITB?
Courses are left to the instructor. So if you choose to have
assignments, then so be it. NPTEL does not require you to answer
questions from the students, although the web site has forums.
Is there an honorarium? How much? What are the expectations?
Suppose I am offering course CSXXX through CDEEP. Can this be
used for NPTEL? In other words, can I use the same time (and
resources) to do a recording for CDEEP and NPTEL simultaneously?
It was decided by Director IIT Bombay that the courses for
NPTEL-II have to developed separately as per the guidelines of
NPTEL. So even if a course has been recorded for some other
project or activity, it has to be redone for NPTEL II.
What are the time lines for recording these courses? Can I
commit now to record after a year or a year and a half?
As long as you finish positively by June 2011, the answer to your
question is yes. in other words the (a) intent to offer deadline and
(b) keeping your word deadline is important. anything else is up to
Keep in mind that, just like "finishing" a piece of work, and then writing
a research paper sometimes take time. Specifically, a course may be
delivered by you, but you need to review it to make sure that you have
not inadvertently made some mistake, or wanted to add something based on
current technology trends. You may want your students to review the
course. You may want to wear a different shirt for a particular
lecture:) So finished means finished -- end of alpha, beta 1, release
For web courses, is there any support -- for example, TAs, project
You can hire project staff. Source of funding will come from NPTEL,
but please keep them in the loop.
For web courses, are there any standard templates to use? Is it
compulsory to use these?
Can a professor offer both video and web courses on the same topic
(and thus getting it counted as two courses)?
The workshop that is planned for teachers -- how long is that?
It's upto you to decide as course instructor.
For video - what is the venue for the course? Can the timings be
adjusted to normal lecture timings of the IIT Bombay timetable? If
IITB students also attend the NPTEL video course, is there a capacity
Venue of the course is Math dept. The idea is to make a separate
recording and not link it to the same course.
For video -- if a course is offered for live transmission in Rekhi
building (for example), can that course be used (with proper
modifications) for NPTEL.
No. NPTEL will have its separate recordings.
sharat at cse dot iitb dot ac dot in
Last modified: Tue Nov 24 08:30:04 IST 2009