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Free Engineering Programmes & other courses will now be offered by a Top British University - UK based The Open University. Read on to find out more...
HOW ABOUT enrolling for an engineering programme at a top British university, absolutely free of cost? The UK- based The Open University ( TOU) is all set to make your dream come true.
TOU, which specialises in distance learning and research programmes, has launched Futurelearn, a company that promises to provide free access to higher education opportunities to students across the globe, including India.
The project, targeted at students and professionals, will be rolled out later this year. Our focus will be on areas such as Engineering, Computer Science and Humanities the professional programmes which can lead to direct employment, said Martin G. Bean, Vice- Chancellor, TOU. Bean was in the Capital recently as a part of a high- end academic delegation that accompanied the British Prime Minister David Cameron during his India visit.
The project is backed by 17 higher education institutions in the UK, including the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, Kings College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick. It will be a great opportunity for students and professionals in Tier- II and Tier- III cities of India. They will be able to access some of the best universities and courses, Bean said.
For a country that desperately needs universities that can fulfill students aspirations at all levels, the project already seems like a runaway hit. But will students in India really warm up to the idea of an online course, considering the existing constraints in Internet connectivity? Information Technology data shows that only one tenth of the country's population has access to Internet.
True, there are infrastructure constraints in India, but a transformation from brick and mortar to click and portal is absolutely imperative, as there are not enough universities to satisfy the demand, said Bean. The usage of Facebook and social network here is huge, he said.
Online education is not about having an Internet in everyones home. Mobile penetration in India is now about 80 per cent and the connectivity will increase with the proliferation of smart phones and affordable tablets.
Students will then get an access to some of the highest quality British education on their hand devices, said the V- C. According to him, this will bring about an attitudinal change in people who look at the medium as inferior to conventional modes of teaching.
Futurelearn will change the mindset of parents and employers who think that e- learning has to be of lower quality, said Bean. The objective should be to provide great learning experience, irrespective of the medium in which it is imparted, he added.
More details about the programme including the duration and total number of courses on offer are still being worked on. Source:mailtoday.in