Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras: Join Hands To Support 10,000 NPTEL Students

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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has partnered with Sutherland to support the education of 10,000 students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. The program provides scholarship funds to qualified students that reduce the cost of certification by 50 per cent, making it more accessible for those who may not be able to afford it otherwise.

This scholarship has enabled students to participate in the National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) online courses for the January 2022 semester. The funding has supported 10,000 students from 160 colleges in 18 states across the country.

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The scholarship program offers many benefits, one of which is that it allows students to obtain NPTEL certification, which may have been out of reach for them previously. This is made possible by the generous support from Sutherland. Professor Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL Coordinator from IIT Madras, spoke about how important this program is for many students who come from first-generation learner families.

“When my father passed away two years ago, my mother became a housewife. To manage the economic conditions of our home, I have to do a part-time job along with my studies,” said Kartavya Singh Jadoun, one of the beneficiaries from Madhya Pradesh. “This scholarship will help me to fund my next NPTEL examination registration.”

The NPTEL is a national initiative of IITs, including IIT Madras, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), under the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. “NPTEL offers more than 600 courses for certification every semester on the national Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) portal–, in various engineering disciplines, sciences, humanities and management,” said IIT Madras in a release.

Another grateful recipient, Ms Divya C Samse from Maharashtra, said: “My parents are farmers, and they have been facing financial difficulties due to the weather. I want to thank Sutherland for the scholarship program, which has helped me continue my education.”

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