Rancho and his friends may have struggled with the complex technical stuff to get through their engineering college in the hit Bollywood flick 3 Idiots, but the country's budding engineers of tomorrow would be spared of this torture.
They would be able to grasp even the most difficult and abstract concepts of the technical field through easy-to-follow animations and cartoons fully backed with interesting audio courtesy Allahabad-based Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A).
The institute is busy preparing unique e-content of 19 different subjects taught to BTech (IT) students in India as part of a prestigious project awarded to it by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the newly launched National Mission on Education through Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Once ready, this e-content would be made available to all technical institutions of the country offering BTech (IT) course in a bid to make engineering studies easier and enable even an average aspiring techie to grasp the essential nitty-gritty to become a capable engineer.
"The National Mission has two major components -- providing connectivity, along with provision for access devices to institutions and learners and content generation. IIIT-A has been made the nodal centre for the content generation under the mission that seeks to bridge the digital divide among urban and rural teachers and learners," explained IIIT-A Director Dr MD Tiwari, who is heading the project.
He said that the IIIT-A's role is part of the National Programme of Technology enhanced Learning (NPTEL) Phase II and III.
"We believe that animation is an excellent tool to develop e-learning content. Text, audio, video, graphics, pictorials, cartoons and animation are all integral components of our ongoing effort. We are using animation to demonstrate how the most difficult technical concepts in any subject, whether microprocessor programming or Design and Analysis of Algorithms can be explained to an average Indian student vying to be an engineer," he said.
The IIIT-A director said that realising the far-reaching impact of this mission, the MHRD has given almost a freehand to his Institute in preparing the e-content for BTech (IT) by not tying the efforts in time or budgetary constraints.
"We have been assured that funds would be released in phases based on our progress and its evaluation. Once successful, this would also pave way for similar e-content generation for other technical courses," he added.
Dr Tiwari said that like IIIT-A had been asked to develop the e-content for BTech (IT), IITs and other top technical institutes had been entrusted the task for developing similar e-content for Civil, Mechanical and other branches of engineering.