IIT Roorkee starts virtual labs for all other engg students
The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, is likely to make available 'virtual labs' facility to the students of other engineering institutes of the country through Internet from next academic session.india Updated: Feb 07, 2010 11:13 IST
The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, is likely to make available 'virtual labs' facility to the students of other engineering institutes of the country through Internet from next academic session.
Under this facility (virtual labs), the institute put the some specific labs of their three departments at Internet through the use of satellite to 'handle' these labs by students of other engineering institutes in their studies and learning.
"This is an effort is being done under the 'national mission on education through information and communication technology' (ICT) of Centre government. We got a pilot project in this connection with an outlay of Rs 2 Crore at initial stage and hope ours many labs would be available to the students from next academic session," informed Prof Vinod Kumar, coordinator of the project at the electrical engineering of the Institute.
All seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and some other quality institutes were reportedly earmarked by MHRD to put forward their virtual labs and class rooms for other students of the country through ICT projects.
The national mission on education, which is an ambitious project of over Rs 5000 Crore of Union government, has decided a sum of Rs 200 Crore to allocate among the all IITs and other institutes participating in this project. However, IIT-R would get Rs 12 Crore for their virtual labs project in total but now it got Rs 2 Crore as 'seeding money' to start their pilot project.
The some labs of Institute's three departments civil, electrical and electronics engineering would be networked and accessed on Internet patterns.
"First we put our machines and other testing equipments of earmarked labs to be operated and handled through a centralise computer system. Then this facility of centralize computer system would be put on Internet through the satellite connectivity of VSAT, EduSat, DTH etc from where outside students could operate/handle the machines for their lab tests and other learning," said Prof Kumar.
It is only kind of project of the world that is being done (by India) for the learning benefits of those students who do not have the facilities of top institutes likes IITs at their institutes level as well as personal level.
However, MIT of Unites States had started a project in this direction but it was only for their PhD students but as far as the case of UG and PG programmes students are concerned, we are first who went to this direction, Prof Kumar.