EPG Pathshala in the works

Post­grad­u­ate students of 35 dis­ci­plines will soon have ac­cess to an on­line repos­i­tory of free e-con­tent

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Ra­hat Bano

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.

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