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Free video lectures & online courses in engineering and science

General Information

Best for
Higher Education Students, Professionals, General Interest
Agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities
Course type
Video based
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NPTEL is an acronym for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning which is an initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for creating course contents in engineering and science. NPTEL is directed towards providing learning materials in Science and Engineering by adhering to the syllabi of All India Council for Technical Education and the slightly modified curricula of major affiliating Universities. NPTEL aims to create the largest video repository of technical lecture-courses in the world in the streaming video format which will be helpful to everyone who is interested in enhancing his/her learning.

The platform offers a library of free self-learning video and web lectures as well as free online courses with the option to take an in-person proctored certification exam for a nominal fee. The courses cover topics such as agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities. The courses run over 4, 8, or 12 weeks and are suited to students in higher education, with some basic core courses in sciences and humanities.

Tools & Features
  • Library of 1,400+ free video & web resources
  • 160+ free open courses
  • Certification exam option
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discussion forums
  • Free video downloads
  • Video transcripts
  • Course videos available in DVD format

Course Info

Course Cost
Free Courses
Skill Type
  1. Academic
Course Type
  1. MOOCs
Course Format
  1. Scheduled
  2. On-Demand
Course Language
  1. English
  1. ID Verified Certificates (Paid)

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Pros: High quality in-depth content
Expert instructors
Good course structure aligned with the university syllabus
Proctored exams (online and offline)
Cons: Poor user interface
Some videos can be static and monotonous
NPTEL provides an excellent source of high quality free educational resources from the single video lecture to the full online course with the option to sit a proctored certified exam. Although the courses are geared towards the Indian learner, they can also be a great resource for anyone.


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