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To give academicians access to video tutorials of NPTEL

Technological know-how: Bharathidasan University Vice-Chancellor K.Meena addressing college principals at a meeting in Tiruchi on Saturday.— PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM
Technological know-how: Bharathidasan University Vice-Chancellor K.Meena addressing college principals at a meeting in Tiruchi on Saturday.— PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM

The Bharathidasan University Informatics Centre is engaged in the task of developing a multimedia portal to enable the university's academic community to access all video tutorials of the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) through a central server, Vice Chancellor K.Meena said on Saturday.

The multimedia portal would have a powerful user interface with browse and search facilities, Ms.Meena said while speaking at a meeting of principals of various colleges affiliated to Bharathidasan University on the university's Khajamalai campus here.

The university had already collected video tutorials of NPTEL, whose objective is to enhance the quality of education in the country by developing curriculum-based video and web courses.

Ms. Meena said the university had created a DSpace which was a repository of research articles – pre-print/ reprint/ thesis, dissertations/project reports of the university's students and faculty members. It could be accessed through the university intranet.

Calling upon the principals to submit proposals for starting new courses and opening additional sections within the specified time to the university, the Vice Chancellor said this would be of great help to the university administration.

She asked the principals to avoid extension of time for admission of students in their respective institutions.

Ms. Meena said guides containing comprehensive information on the amendments to Ph.D norms and regulations would be circulated to all colleges soon.

She said the Group Insurance Scheme launched by the university in the interest of the student community had benefitted them.

The earn-while-learn scheme, a student support service for the poor , was being implemented by many colleges through their own funds; she said adding that the university would provide funds to the tune Rs. 25,000 to colleges wishing to implement the scheme with a matching grant to be provided by the college.

To a query, she said the government and aided colleges could apply under this scheme.

She called upon the colleges to despatch the examination application forms within the prescribed time to the university.

The Vice Chancellor said the university would provide 30 per cent discount on its publications for colleges wishing to procure them to present them as prizes to students or for keeping them in their libraries. University Registrar T. Ramaswamy, Curriculum Development Cell Director Ravi and Controller of Examination S. Sridharan attended the meeting.

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