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MOOC to Take Education to Every Doorstep: Syas HRD Minister Raju

Aiming to take education to every doorstep, Union HRD minister M M Pallam Raju on Thursday said they intend to leverage the broadband network by embracing the ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOC) programme in a big way.

“…to make education more accessible, we have in the horizon MOOC, leveraging on the broadband education platform,” Raju said at a function here while harping on sustainable development through such efforts.

“We want to embrace MOOC in a big way to increase the number of literates in the country. Institutions must become creators of knowledge,” he said.

Stating that the key to sustainable development lies in innovation, Raju said the goal of his ministry is to see that that universities and institutions lead the innovation agenda and be the catalyst for the process in the economy.

The HRD ministry, he said, has asked all Centrally funded institutes such as the IITs and NITs to be role models for green campuses.

The minister was speaking at the Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture here organised by TERI.

The efficacy of the MOOC platform to reach the countless millions across the country was underlined by S Ramadorai, who is the advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council.

“The technology has given an opportunity to students to unshackling access to quality content and education bypassing the difficulty to get admission into the expensive institutions,” Ramadorai said.

Last month, he said, seven IITs have announced India’a own MOOC platform.

Ramadorai said India needs to change its traditional mindset and go for innovation across the sectors if it wishes to maintain its competitive edge in the global economy.

He especially suggested massive innovations in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and the small and medium scale industries who contribute 45 per cent of the manufacturing output and 60 million employees.

The government, he said, is offering as much as USD 2.5 billion as incentives to chipmakers to entice them to build India’s first semi-conductor manufacturing plant, which would be an important step in building a domestic hardware industry.

115 More Seats in IIMs up for Grabs

Indian Institutes of Management are expecting an increased number of registrations for the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013) due to increase in the number of seats. 115 seats have been added taking the total seats across 13 IIMs to 3,335. The organizers are also expecting a bigger participation by women candidates as IIMs have started giving extra point during admissions to women candidates.

From this year, CAT has introduced e-vouchers. However, sale of physical vouchers will also continue. Moreover, four more cities have been added to the list of 36 where CAT 2013 is to be conducted.

After gradual decline in the number of CAT takers for over five years, last year the number of registration increased marginally with a total registration of 2,14,068. Due to increase in number of seats as well as the gradual increase in interest for MBA, IIMs are expecting a 10% increase in registration. “The Indian Institutes of Management is preparing for more students to appear for CAT 2013 as students will have greater chances for admission into the IIMs,” said Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 convenor.

Going by the trend and IIMs initiative to give extra points to women candidates, their number is also expected to increase this year. The number of women appearing for CAT has been steadily increasing — from 53,700 in 2010 to 56,000 in 2011. For 2012, more than 60,800 women appeared for the CAT.

The registration window for CAT 2013 would start from August 5. “New to this year’s CAT is the option to purchase vouchers electronically. Details about payment of fees online will be made available on CAT 2013 website www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in from 5 pm on August 3, 2013. Candidates can also purchase traditional vouchers for registration and scheduling from designated Axis Bank branches from August 5 to September 24,” said Kapoor. The results will be declared on January 14, 2014. Similar to last year’s exam, CAT 2013 will have two sections. The first will focus on quantitative ability and data interpretation and the second on verbal ability and logical reasoning.

These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section, which will have an on-screen countdown timer.