Monday, 20 April 2015

Virtual Labs – At ITM University

(An Initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) 
 Under the National Mission on Education through ICT)


Mr. Bhairav and Mr. Sanjeev from IIT Delhi, conducted the one day workshop on 17th April 2015 at ITMUniversity, Gurgaon for all first year students of ITMU. A total of 155 students attended the very useful Virtual Lab workshop.

Physical distances and the lack of resources make us unable to perform experiments, especially when they involve sophisticated instruments. Also, good teachers are always a scarce resource. Web-based and video-based courses address the issue of teaching to some extent. Conducting joint experiments by two participating institutions and also sharing costly resources has always been a challenge. With the present day internet and computer technologies the above limitations can no more hamper students and researchers in enhancing their skills and knowledge. Also, in a costly instruments and equipment need to be shared with fellow researchers to the extent possible. Web enabled experiments are designed for remote operation and viewing so as to enthuse the curiosity and innovation into students. This would help in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation.Today most equipment has a computer interface for control and data storage. It is possible to design good experiments around some of this equipment which would enhance the learning of a student. Internet-based experimentation further permits use of resources – knowledge, software, and data available on the web, apart from encouraging skillful experiments being simultaneously performed at points separated in space (and possibly, time). 

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