With a move of various Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) agreeing to the proposal of Massachusetts Institute of Technology to join their OpenCourseWare community will enable MIT students to access IITs classroom content quite easily.
Not only this, the lectures of IIT classrooms will soon be available on Apple's multi-media platform iTunes also. Also, Youtube already has a separate channel for IIT courses which has registered a total of 63.64 lakh viewers as of December, 2011.
According to Mangala Sunder Krishnan, NPTEL coordinator from IIT-Madras, “We have finally decided to join the Open Education Resource Consortium. This move will help us share open source tools. It's an academic enhancement exercise."
MIT has been allowed to host links to their courseware by various other universities like Yale, Peking, Harvard Law School, Notre Dame, Tufts, UC Irvine and Utah State. IIM Bangalore is also a member of MIT's OpenCourseWare.
The National Programme for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a joint effort by various old IITs and Indian Institute of Science, has been launced on the similar grounds. NPTEL covers more than thousand courses of technology and humanities. However, one basic difference between the efforts put in by the American universities into open courses and the NPTEL is while the former is an enriching exercise, not completely substituting class work, the NPTEL encompasses all topics in every course, from their introduction to the end, allowing students to sit at home and study.
NPTEL content has been given to more than 500 Indian engineering colleges and the students look into it via college intranet. The succcess of NPTEL can be seen in terms of its increase in number of visitors on NPTEL website, from over 9.37 lakh in 2008 to 44.39 lakh in December 2011.