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EdX adds the first college in India to its consortium

Posted by Your Town  June 28, 2013 01:00 PM

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EdX, a not-for-profit initiative that offers online classes at no charge, has announced that it will add the first college in India to its consortium.

According to a statement released by edX, The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will work with edX, a platform launched by Harvard and MIT in 2012, to fill a specific need in India: training engineering teachers.

There are approximately 5,000 engineering colleges in India, with more than 1.25 million students enrolled at the colleges, the statement said. By joining edX, IIT Bombay aims to “increase the number of qualified and experienced engineering educators in India and beyond.”

EdX offers massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which are free online classes that enroll thousands of students all around the world. EdX’s students reside in 192 countries, with India attracting the most students after the United States.

According to the statement, the addition of IIT Bombay will bring the total number of schools participating in edX to 28. In May, edX announced that 15 colleges and universities, including many from Asia and Europe, were joining the initiative.

"At edX, our global community continues to grow at the student and institutional levels," Anant Agarwal, president of edX, said in the statement. "India is an important market for us and is home to the largest population of edX learners outside of the United States. We are pleased that IIT Bombay has joined our distinguished group of xConsortium members, which increases global access to a world-class education and adds a rich variety of new courses to edX's offerings."

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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