New Delhi : Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that IIT-PAL lectures would now be available in handheld devices via the `SWAYAM` portal in order to reduce students' dependence on coaching classes.
"IIT-PAL which has more than 600 lectures on Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths will be made available on Swayam platform free of cost. This will act like a discussion forum so that students' dependence on coaching classes can be reduced," Javadekar said after the 52nd Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council meet here on Monday.
Javadekar further said that IITs would now mentor at least five engineering colleges located in its vicinity in their bid to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.
PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) lectures, which are prepared by the IITs, aim to help students crack the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).
The meeting, which took place at IIT-Delhi, also paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently at the age of 93 following a prolonged illness.