SAINTGITS takes pride on being selected by IIT Mumbai,as its ‘e-OUTREACH Programme Remote Centre’. By this IIT Mumbai aims to enhance the teaching skills of faculty in engineering and science,of its member colleges through what is termed “Empowerment of students and teachers through Synchronous and Asychronous Instruction”. Project ekalavya was initiated in 2004 to generate an interactive platform for the creation, absorption, dissemination and usage of knowledge. It is an Open Source Knowledge Initiative launched by the Affordable Solutions Laboratory (ASL), Department Of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Bombay. Ekalavya is manifested in several programmes such as the eGURU, the eOUTREACH and the eCONTENT. The OSCAR (Open Source Courseware Animations Repository) scheme under the eOUTREACH programme creates a large repository of interactive animations for teaching various concepts and technologies. This can be used through affordable dissemination for classroom teaching as well as for enabling independent learning and distance education.
The “Teach 1000 Teachers” programme was initiated by IIT Bombay in 2009 under the project, “Empowerment of Students/Teachers,” sponsored by National Mission on Education Through ICT (NMEICT), funded by MHRD. The main aim of this programme is to work with Engineering Colleges in the country to enhance the teaching skills of faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science subjects. Under the programme, IIT Bombay conducts ISTE workshops during the vacation period in summer and winter through various Remote Centers. Lectures are delivered by faculty from IIT Bombay, while tutorials and lab sessions are conducted in the same RC. The lecture transmission and live interaction takes place through distance mode using the AVIEW technology on the internet.
Under the scheme, IIT Mumbai conducts two-week ISTE workshops through distance mode, using EDUSAT network of ISRO and the AVIEW software using internet for live transmission at various remote centres across the country during summer and winter vacation.The programme is part of the ‘National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT), supported by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
Remote Centre Coordinator (RC ID 1042)
Dr. M. C. Philipose, Principal, SAINTGITS College of Engineering.
Effective use of Information and Communication Technologies helps in significantly addressing the issues of scarcity of trained teachers and difficulty in accessing the best educational contents. Aakash Tablet, launched by Government of India, is emerging as a key ICT tool for this purpose. When used in conjunction with the high speed network of NKN, Aakash has a great potential to become a ubiquitous and effective ICT tool for students and teachers. Aakash project at IIT Bombay is dedicated to the development of useful applications and contents for use with Aakash. It attempts to empower teachers by using a unique blend of technology, e-contents, and an innovative pedagogy. While the main focus of this project is on engineering education, it is proposed to use the creative talent of these professional students and teachers, to develop applications and contents for all levels of education.
Saintgits college of Engineering (RC ID 1042) is also identified as one of the Aakash Project Centre of IIT Bombay. IIT Bombay is providing Aakash tablets to the Aakash Project Centres with the goal of completing useful development of engineering colleges, and to build a large community of thousands of these talented professional students and teachers, to carry out large scale development of applications and content for use in all schools and colleges. Content in Indian languages will receive special attention. The long term vision is to create and sustain collaborative research efforts to work continuously on Aakash related R&D.