Industry-ITT MOOC partnership to reach up to 150,000

Seven leading Indian institutes of technology, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant and industry lobby Nasscom are coming together to launch free, online courses that could potentially help 100,000 to 150,000 people a year get high quality education and make them job-ready, writes Rica Bhattacharyya for The Economic Times.

The courses will be offered using the model of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which is globally creating an upheaval in the world of higher education. The first three courses in computer science are expected to roll out this October. "This programme is particularly relevant to India because of the high number of young students who need to be educated and trained," says Lakshmi Narayanan, vice-chairman of Cognizant.

About 15 faculty members from the seven older Indian institutes of technology, or IITs, will form the faculty and are currently designing the course. The participating IITs are Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee, Bombay and Guwahati. This is the biggest industry-academia partnership to date to help students and professionals access top quality course content and meet specific industry demands.
Full report on The Economic Times site