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Unlocking the Gates by William G. Bowen, Taylor Walsh

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CLOSING THE GAP IN INDIA:THE NATIONAL PROGRAMME ONTECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING

India’s National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a large-scale, freely available online educational effort, the product of a partnership between government and higher education with a mandate to serve the nation. Launched with funding from the Indian government and executed by seven of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), NPTEL responds to a specific problem in Indian higher education: the widening gap in quality and resources between top universities like the IITs and the remainder of the country’s engineering education system.1

NPTEL was conceived in 1999, and funding for the project’s ...

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