EPG Pathshala in the works
Postgraduate students of 35 disciplines will soon have access to an online repository of free e-content
Postgraduate students of more than 30 disciplines will soon be able to tap an online repository of free, multimedia-enriched self-instructional modules being developed under a government project. The proposed ePG Pathshala website is expected to complement the classroom teachinglearning process.
As part of the Central-government’s National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, higher education regulator University Grants Commission has roped in experts from around the country to create e-content for 77 subjects ranging from computer science to philosophy. The first phase of the R84- crore project would cover 35 disciplines, with material being developed for 16 papers per subject, says Ashok K Bakhshi, who’s on the UGCappointed standing committee and one of the national coordinators of the project.
The portal is expected to let the user self-study, selfassess and explore more through suggested links. The aim is to include e-text (webbased notes, e-books, etc), historical backgrounds to dif- ferent topics, points to ponder, animations, simulations, virtual labs, quizzes with feedback, multiple choice questions with answers and explanations, audio/video lectures, glossary, and web links, informs Bakhshi. The material would be based on UGC curricula, he says.
“In about two months from now, some work will be uploaded on the website,” says Bakhshi. The e-content “must be able to cater to” the needs of college and universities teaching through various modes — conventional, open and distance and virtual.