The Indian Institute of Bombay (IIT Bombay) is joining edX which is a not-for-profit initiative that offers online classes at no charge,, the massive open online courses (MOOCs) platform created by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Through this collaboration, IIT Bombay plans to make available to some of its regular courses to students across India and the world in the form of open online courses.
IIT Bombay thus joins a list of some of the best colleges and universities across the globe such as Berkeley, Australian National University, McGill, Cornell University, University of Honk Kong, Kyoto University, Boston University that are already part of edX.
There are approximately 5,000 engineering colleges in India, with more than 1.25 million students enrolled at the colleges, the statement said. By joining edX, IIT Bombay aims to “increase the number of qualified and experienced engineering educators in India and beyond.”
EdX offers massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which are free online classes that enroll thousands of students all around the world. EdX’s students reside in 192 countries, with India attracting the most students after the United States.
According to the statement, the addition of IIT Bombay will bring the total number of schools participating in edX to 28. In May, edX announced that 15 colleges and universities, including many from Asia and Europe, were joining the initiative.