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IIT Kanpur-led consortium launches online courses in agriculture

Course targets farming professionals, students in state agricultural universities, teachers, specialists or any interested learner

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) today said that it along with other institutions has launched Massive Open Online Courses in agriculture sector (AgMOOCs).

The members of the consortium are Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIMC) and the University of Agricultural Sciences Raichur (UASR), IITK said in a press release.

The consortium is supported by NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), a project of the Human Resources Development Ministry. NPTEL is among the largest publishers of open educational resources in the world, it said.

"Massive Open Online Courses enable thousands of aspiring learners to avail a course in a single offering. The scale is a major advantage in MOOCs. They can be developed fast by institutions with advanced expertise," IITK said.

The consortium will offer MOOCs mainly targeting professionals in agriculture, including students in state agricultural universities, teachers serving there and specialists or any interested and aspiring learner.

The first course of the AgMOOCs consortium will be launched on March 17, 2015, it added.

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First Published: Mon, February 16 2015. 14:05 IST