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IIT-B launches MOOC courses
HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 21, 2014
First Published: 10:32 IST(21/5/2014)
Last Updated: 10:36 IST(21/5/2014)

IIT Bombay, in partnership with EdX, an online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, has launched its first three courses, introduction to computer programming part 1, introduction to computer programming part 2 and thermodynamics.

“We are excited to announce the launch of courses by IIT Bombay on our edX platform,” says Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX, “India is an important market for us, and is home to the largest population of edX learners outside of the US.”

The introduction to computer programming part 1 and part 2, starting July 29, 2014, and September 23, 2014, respectively, are being taught by Dr Deepak B Phatak who has been working with IIT Bombay since 1971. These courses will help build expertise in use of C/C++. The thermodynamics course, which starts on July 29, 2014, will be taught by Professor Uday N Gaitonde, Professor Upendra Bhandarkar and Professor M D Atrey.

Registrations for these courses have started, and more than 35,000 learners worldwide have already registered for the three courses.  Students who register for these courses, will have the option to either audit the course for free (with complete access to all course material, tests, and online discussion forum), or pursue a verified certificate of achievement for about Rs. 1,500.  EdX offers more than 160 courses across disciplines. For details, visit edx.org

Part 1
* Six-week course
* First half of the computer programming course CS101
* Basic concepts of computer programming introduced

Part 2
* Six-week course
* Second half of the computer programming course CS101
* Discusses structures, pointers, file management and introduction to the object-oriented programming padigram

Thermodynamics
* 12-week course
* Basics of thermodynamics for students studying mechanical engineering


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