Tuesday, June 29, 2010

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL, in short) aims to enhance the quality of education (mostly engineering and science) in India (and worldwide) by developing curriculum based video and web courses. Phase I of the programme has been completed and a much more ambitious Phase II of the programme is ongoing -- the number of courses will touch around 500. Roughly, each video course consists of around 40 lectures, each around 50 minutes long. Many of the lectures are now available online through the NPTEL website as well as YouTube. Most of the lectures are given by faculty members of IIT's/IISc and other institutions from India. It would be interesting to see its impact in the long run. The spirit of the programme is similar to MIT Open Courseware and in a sense, complements what is on offer there.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Preparatory SERC School in THEP -- Oct 20 - Nov 15, 2010

Dear Colleagues,
It is a great pleasure for us to announce the Preparatory SERC School in Theoretical High Energy Physics to be held during October 20 to November 15, 2010 at the Birla Institute of Techonology and Sciences, K K Birla Goa Campus, Goa.

This school will have the following courses:
  1. Quantum Field Theory
  2. Statistical methods in Physics
  3. Group Theory
  4. Particle Physics and the Standard Model
  5. The General theory of Relativity
Applications are invited from graduate students/teachers working for their Ph.D. degrees in Theoretical High Energy Physics. Students in their final year of M.Sc. with exceptionally good academic record and a strong motivation for research may also apply.

Please note that the financial support [i.e. local hospitality, accommodation and food) and round trip travel expenses by train (AC 3T/ I Class)], for the selected participants is subject to the approval of the funding by the DST (Department of Science and Technology), Government of India.

Last date for receiving the applications is 5th July, 2010.

To apply and for more information on the school, please visit: School Homepage

Please send the soft of your application by email and hard copy by regular post. The application must reach us by 5th July, 2010. Please note that the last date for receiving the reference letter is 6th July, 2010.

Prasanta Kumar Das and V Sunil Kumar
(Joint Directors, Preparatory SERC school in THEP 2010)
Physics department
Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences - Pilani

K K Birla Goa campus, Goa-403726