TIRUCHI: Anna University–Tiruchi (AU-T) will put to test during January its e-learning tool that is being developed on open software platform.
Video-streaming of lectures
The e-learning tool that would facilitate video-streaming of expert lectures from the university to wide audiences in 50 affiliated colleges will be tested with the existing 2 MBPS (mega bytes per second) bandwidth connectivity to link up with Satyam Computers at Hyderabad, which would sponsor candidates for study of M.S. Software Engineering from there.
Along with its affiliated colleges, the university is exploring possibilities to shift to 8 MBPS connectivity at its BIT campus at the earliest such that the bandwidth could be distributed for administrative and academic purposes through its centralised server.
Till then, the existing bandwidth of 2 MBPS, a common feature in all affiliated colleges, would be utilised for video-streaming, Vice-Chancellor V. Ramachandran told reporters on Monday.
The video-streaming server is now being utilised within the university.
Through putting to operation the e-learning tool via internet, the university would be able to go ahead with its plan of extending its post-graduate programmes to aspiring employees in the corporate sector as well.
The PG programmes were initiated at the start of this academic year for enhancing the qualification of the faculty in affiliated colleges.
Teachers in Computer Science and Engineering department are being facilitated to complete their post-graduation by fulfilling 67 to 70 credits under Modular-Based Credit Banking Scheme.
From January, 2008, PG programmes in Structural Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Embedded System Technologies, Pervasive Computing Technologies, Communication System and Software Engineering are to be brought under the scheme. These programmes would also be extended to the corporate sector.