National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), is a joint venture of the IITs and IISc, funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Government of India, and was launched in 2003. Initially started as a project to take quality education to all corners of the country, NPTEL is one of the longest running successful multi-institutional projects, NPTEL now offers close to 600+ courses for certification every semester in about 23 disciplines.


Provide high-quality, affordable education at large scale


  1. Develop video lectures and course content
  2. Offer online courses and conduct exams for certification
  3. Promote use and adoption by colleges and universities

Some Highlights:

  1. Largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences and selected humanities and management subjects
  2. YouTube channel for NPTEL – most subscribed educational channel, 1.3 billion views and 40+ lakhs subscribers
  3. More than 56000 hours of video content, transcribed and subtitled
  4. Most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world
  5. Translation of more than 12000 hrs of English transcripts in regional Indian languages.


NPTEL began offering open online courses in March 2014. It is now possible for ANYONE outside the IIT System to be able to do an online certification course from NPTEL and get a certificate from the IITs. IITs are reaching out and taking education to the homes of people through this initiative.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is essentially an asynchronous teaching-learning platform, where the process involves use of pre-recorded lectures, resource video materials, lecture notes, assignments and quizzes, as content and self-assessment at regular intervals. These courses are open for anyone to access – free of cost. So, anyone who is interested in learning gets access to quality content, which also includes discussion with the course faculty and access to assignments for self-testing. The faculty who are currently offering courses are from the IITs or from other reputed institutes such as CMI, IMSc etc.

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