Bennett University and edX to jointly offer online courses in India
The Times Group's Bennett University and the non-profit online learning platform edX, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will now jointly provide online courses to its students.
Vineet Jain, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd managing director and chancellor of Bennett University, expressed delight on announcing the collaboration with edX and also felt that the expertise and global reach would benefit the university students. He added that the association would help graduating students in ensuring that they would be industry ready right from the start. The Times Group campus shall begin its operations in Greater Noida later this year in July.
edX as well as Bennett University plan to work together for developing a mutually-agreeable plan to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). On the other hand, CEO of edX and MIT professor, Anant Agarwal opined that the company is committed to provide high quality education around the world and India is an important market.
Agarwal also expressed delight over the association with the Benett University and was confident that the reputation of Times Group would help it become a vital point for providing learning opportunities to learners not having access to education or high quality resources. Agarwal and Jain signed an agreement to confirm their commitment and also accentuated the need for international and innovative education standards in the country.
As per the agreement, edX would become the preferred MOOC provider for the new Indian university as it tries to offer a blended on-campus model for its courses. The faculty at Bennett would also get involved in creating new online courses that would later be put up on edX. In fact, Bennett would also have Anant Agarwal on its International Advisory Board to guide it as it aims to become India's first post-digital university.
Bennett university would be aided by research-driven faculty, global academic partnerships as well as a holistic industry-centric curriculum. It would also help in preparing students in competing along with doing well in rapidly-transforming world. In the beginning, the university would be offering B.Tech in engineering with certain specialisations such as computer science, electronics & communications and mechanical engineering as well as an MBA. The new venture would be offering myriad courses to undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D students in a number of domains such as management, engineering, management, media, design, law, architecture, liberal arts as well as applied sciences.