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Resource centre of IIT Bombay

LLRIET has collaborated with IIT Bombay for the Free Open Sources Software (FOSS). The program is brain child of MHRD. The training will be provided free of cost and will be there thorough video with IIT Bombay.

FOSS workshop is conducted for faculty and students to learn Open Source Softwares like Linux, LaTex, PHP & My SQL, Scilab, Python under ‘National Mission on Education through ICT – Spoken Tutorial Project’ of IIT Bombay. On successful completion of the workshop, the participant qualifies to appear for an Online Examination conducted in the college by IIT Bombay. On qualifying this examination, the candidate gets Certificate from IIT Bombay.

Some of the salient features of SELF (Spoken Tutorial based Education and Learning through Free FOSS study) Workshops are:-

  • This method is highly conducive to self-learning.
  • UG, PG or research scholar students and even teachers of Science, IT, Engineering, Commerce, and Management disciplines can learn any of the FOSS.
  • The training workshops are conducted remotely via a video conferencing tool (Skype).

All mentioned above mean a big deal to students for their career with recruiters and at interviews as SMEs and Govt. departments are moving to Open Sources like Linux OS. Students with this knowledge will have an edge in the job market. They can also become entrepreneurs and use Open Source Software in their businesses, if they were using commercial software.

Nodal centre of IIT Delhi

LLRIET has collaborated with IIT Delhi as their Nodal Centre for Virtual Labs. World Governments are seriously concerned with the need to disseminate knowledge to all sections of the societies to make this world a better and safer place for living. Consequently, relentless efforts are being made to achieve this goal. Although a few decades ago it was unthinkable but innovations in multimedia and computer-related technologies particularly a phenomenal increase in the computing power and easily accessible advanced internet technologies has made it possible to impart quality education even to students living in remote locations. This has led to a new concept of what is popularly known as Virtual Laboratories which is also a new buzz word for educational institutions.

Objectives of the Virtual Labs:

  • To provide remote-access to Labs in various disciplines of Science and Engineering. These Virtual Labs would cater to students at the undergraduate level, post graduate level as well as to research scholars.
  • To enthuse students to conduct experiments by arousing their curiosity. This would help them in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation.
  • To provide a complete Learning Management System around the Virtual Labs where the students can avail the various tools for learning, including additional web-resources, video-lectures, animated demonstrations and self evaluation.
  • To share costly equipment and resources, which are otherwise available to limited number of users due to constraints on time and geographical distances.

A virtual laboratory basically provides a virtual reality environment for learning almost anything. Here students get some margin for making deliberate errors and moves and finally learning to correct by themselves.

Ministry of Human Resource Development of India is already seized with the idea of making available advanced knowledge and equipments now available only to a few in advanced institutions of learning, to far flung area of the country. Advantages are many like: remotely located students can perform experiments round the clock; the students can also do simulation experiments on internet at the time of their choosing without actually being physically there. LLRIET has been picked up by IIT Delhi as the nodal centre for coordinating such activities all over the region.

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