NEW DELHI: NLC India Limited (NLCIL), formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation, is collaborating with National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) to co-offer courses on Power Generation, Mining and renewable sector. Also, this step is taken to provide the industrial perspective to enhance technical content created by course instructors from IITs/IIScs.
Speaking on the development, about Prof.Prathap Haridoss, Coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras, said, “We hope this partnership will pave the way for more PSUs to recognize the potential of our courses and encourage them to partner with us and use these to motivate their employees to embark on a journey of lifelong learning anywhere anytime.”
NLCIL has become the first Central Public Sector Undertaking to become Industry Associate. NPTEL signed the MOU with NLC India Limited on September 20, 2018. This is a big step forward for both the organizations and the opportunities to collaborate are aplenty.
To facilitate a more formal way in which the L&D division of companies can leverage the NPTEL courses for re-skilling of their employees and for companies who wish to recruit from the pool of NPTEL certified learners, NPTEL flagged off the Industry Associate initiative in January 2018 with no financials involved. Companies such as IBM, Infosys, Aricent Technologies, Glass Academy etc are the forerunners in this and have started partnering with NPTEL in the last few months.
NPTEL has been delivering open online courses for certification since 2014. Starting from one course with 1,180 people writing the examinations in June 2014, NPTEL is offering 270 courses this semester alone with more than 1.6 lakh candidates registered for exams in October 2018. Not only this, NPTEL has partnered with more than 2,020 colleges who have formed NPTEL Local Chapters.
NPTEL is the largest provider of MOOCs in India today, especially the Engineering stream, with a credible proctored certification exam that clearly qualifies and differentiates the learners who do these courses.
NLC India Limited (NLCIL) is a ‘Navratna’ profit-making public sector enterprise engaged in mining of lignite, coal and generating thermal power through lignite and coal-based power plants and renewable energy from its Solar and Wind plants.