While attending 52nd Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council meet at IIT-Delhi on August 20, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that IIT-PAL (Professor Assisted Learning) lectures would now be available in handheld devices, including mobile phones via the `SWAYAM` portal anytime in order to reduce students’ dependence on coaching classes.
Javadekar further said, “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.”
He further added that IITs would now mentor at least five engineering colleges and five higher secondary schools located in its vicinity in their bid to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.
PAL lectures, which are being prepared by the IITs, aim to help and support students to crack the Joint Entrance Exam and are telecast on Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry’s Swayam Prabha Channels.