Information and Communication Technology or ICTs allow users to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies. The Indian Information Technology and industry accounts for 5.9% of the country’s GDP and export earnings as of 2009, while providing employment to a significant number of its tertiary sector workforce. More than 2.3 million people are employed in the sector either directly or indirectly, making it one of the biggest job creators in India and a mainstay of the national economy.
Use of ICT
ICT tools can be used to find, explore, analyze, exchange, and present information responsibly and without discrimination. ICT can be employed to give users quick access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities, and cultures.
ICT in Education
Realizing the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the Ministry of Human Resource Development as per the Mission Document, ICT is the tool in education available to enhance the current enrolment rate in Higher Education, at present 15 percent to 30 percent by the end of the 11th Plan period.
The Ministry also launched a web portal named “SAKSHAT” a ‘One-Stop Education Portal’. The high-quality e-content once developed will be uploaded on SAKSHAT in all disciplines and subjects. Several projects are in the completion stage and are expected to change the way teaching and learning is done in India.
ICT facilities available in RTC
SWAYAM- Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds
SWAYAM is a program initiated by the Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity, and quality. The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching-learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.
NPTEL-National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning
The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. Largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects
NPTEL began offering open online courses in March 2014 along with certificates from the IITs/IISc for those who completed the courses successfully. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is essentially an asynchronous platform and a process for teaching through pre-recorded lectures, resource video materials, lecture notes, assignments, and quizzes, which are usually online and provide self-assessment in regular intervals during learning. The online courses offered by NPTEL, unlike other popular MOOCs portals, include courses from all disciplines of Engineering such as Biotechnology, Ocean Engineering, Metallurgical Sciences, etc apart from the popular ones such as Computer Science Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Examples of such courses are Cell Culture Technologies, Forest Biometry, Integral equations, calculus of variations and its applications, Solid state physics, Regression Analysis, etc.
DELNET- Developing Library Network
DELNET was started at the India International Centre Library in January 1988 and was registered as a society in 1992. It was initially supported by the National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. It was subsequently supported by the National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
DELNET has been established with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network of libraries. It aims to collect, store, and disseminate information besides offering computerized services to users, to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development, and also to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.
IET Digital Library
The IET- Institution of Engineering and Technology Digital Library holds more than 190,000 technical papers from 1994 onwards for all IET journals, magazines, books, conference publications, and seminar digests. Highly cited journals such as Electronics Letters are available alongside 24 research journal titles, The Journal of Engineering, the IET’s new open-access journal, Micro & Nano Letters, the IET’s online-only journal, the IET’s member magazine Engineering & Technology, plus seminar digests and conference publications
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.
KnimbuseLibrary is a rich content platform for institutions to build their customized eLibrary portal which provides their users all the knowledge available through the library on any device from anywhere.
Just like your physical library, the e-library houses all the knowledge your patrons need but with unlimited space and an always-growing collection of content. The e-Library aggregates all the library subscriptions, ebook collections, open-access resources, multimedia learning content, and electronic document repositories – all on one cloud platform.
Rathinam Learning Hub
Thanks to covid19 locked down, to continue our academic education our Rathinam Group developed its own learning platform Rathinam Gradraise to conduct the classes online. Faculty members can take classes and conduct tests through the same. All the students have their own login in the Hub and they can attend classes from their home. The class videos and notes will be shared in the hub for students’ later reference.