NPTEL-IIT Madras launches Special Lecture Series Online for Students affected by COVID-19 lockdown

Chennai: National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)-IIT Madras has launched a Special Lecture Series online for the benefit of students affected by the nation-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Lecture Series is from 13th April 2020 to when the lockdown ends, and one or two lectures will continue for a week thereafter. It is available free of cost to everyone.

The one-hour interactive lectures deal with topics ranging from career guidance to the latest updates on technology to topics of general interest to all. They are live-streamed on NPTEL-IIT Madras YouTube channel (

A chat box will be available during the sessions through which viewers can ask questions in real-time during these lectures. Each lecture is around 45 minutes and is followed by 15 minutes of Question-and-Answer session.

Highlighting the objectives behind launching this lecture series, Prof. Andrew Thangaraj, Faculty In-Charge, NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “These lectures provide students an exposure to listen to eminent speakers from various domains. They can go a long way in motivating students to aspire higher and learn better. NPTEL- IIT Madras was always keen to launch such a full-fledged lecture series on career options available to students. These talks by industry professionals provide the students first-hand insights into the aspects of the courses to be pursued, the work life balance in the career described. There is no better time than now to offer this series as it would benefit students and faculty members who have to remain in their homes for their safety.”

The Lecture Series are conducted on the following topics:

Ø Careers and job opportunities

Ø Technology and Research

Ø General topics of interest like time management, joy of teaching, soft skills, film sense, entrepreneurship, among others

Ø The Inside stories and Inspiring journeys of successful people

Speaking about the reception to the lectures held so far, Ms. Bharathi, Senior Project Officer, NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “The response to the lecture series has been commendable with the first session in this series on ‘Film Sense’ garnering more than 11,000 views. Viewers are asking for full-fledged course on this subject in addition to requesting for more such talks and inputs on how to get into films! We would be very happy to have IIT Madras alumni in the industry who wish to be a part of this series and speak on a topic that fit into any of the above genres. We plan to invite people from varied walks of lives such as musicians, sports people, people from banking/finance sector, medical doctors, etc to come in and share their experiences to enthuse the young blood to dream big and achieve the impossible.”

NPTEL-IIT Madras is actively reaching out to major technology companies such as IBM, Google, CapGemini, Infosys and GE Healthcare to have their heads participate in this lecture series. The lectures will also be archived on and will remain open for everyone.

NPTEL-IIT Madras is also planning to conduct up to two sessions a day (5 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and 5 pm to 9 pm on weekends). Keep checking the website for updates on lectures in the upcoming weeks. There are also plans to continue this lecture series even after the lockdown based on the response and feedback received.

The schedule of the lecture series for the next two weeks is as follows:

1 Thejesh GN Senior Developer and Architect Career How to be a good software developer April 15 6:00 PM Wednesday
2 Prof Kushal Kumar Shah Faculty Technology Biology and AI April 16 6:00 PM Thursday
3 Ms. Pratima Trainer Soft skills Time Management April 17 6:00 PM Friday
4 Prof Murugaiyan Faculty, IITM Technology Use of additive manufacturing for Disaster Management April 18 5:00 PM Saturday
5 Prof C. Balaji Faculty, IITM General The Joy of teaching April 19 5:00 PM Sunday
6 Dr. Sundararajan Krishnan (PK) Entrepreneurship General Entrepreneurship – what you should know before you take the plunge April 20 6:00 PM Monday
7 Prof. Srinivas Chakravarthy Faculty, IITM General Popularization of science April 21 6:00 PM Tuesday
8 Prof Vineeth Faculty, IIT Hyderabad Technology Towards Explainable AI April 22 6:00 PM Wednesday
9 Prof Radhakrishna Ganti Faculty, IITM Technology Overview of 5G technology and 5G testbed work at IIT Madras April 23 6:00 PM Thursday
10 Prof. Srinivas Chakravarthy Faculty, IITM General Bharati script April 24 6:00 PM Friday
11 Ms. Yogitha Controller of Defence Accounts,South Career Civil service as a career April 25 5:00 PM Saturday
12 Prof Gautham Natarajan Faculty,Texas Univ Technology Lies, damn lies and statistics: lessons on consuming and interpreting data April 25 6:30 PM Saturday
13 Ganesh Sankaralingam Director, LatentView Analytics Career Rise of AI and Machines: How to start a career in the emerging post Covid Digital World? April 26 5:00 PM Sunday
14 Dr.Kanagavel Surgeon and Researcher, St.Isabel’s hospital General Integration of Technology and Medicine April 26 6:00 PM Sunday

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