Virtual Labs

About Virtual Lab Nodal Center of KSOU

Virtual Labs (VLabs) is an initiative funded by the Ministry of Education (formerly MHRD), Government of India, under NMEICT, envisaged as an e-learning platform for practice oriented subject areas in the same lines of NPTEL for classroom courses, aimed at facilitating learning of engineering and sciences through experimentation in a virtual environment at the preferred pace, place and period (time) of the learner. Under the VLabs project, over 160 practical lab courses consisting of approximately 1200+ web-enabled experiments from engineering and basic science streams have been designed and deployed on for the use of students of undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral levels and faculty members; who can make use of these resources for virtual-remote experimentation and learning.

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal is proudly associated with the mission of ICT aided experiential learning as the one among the eleven Participating Institutes (PI) across the country, engaged in the development, maintenance and outreach of the online resources under the VLabs Project on behalf of MoE. We formally extend our support to over 360+ institutions which are serving as the Nodal Centres of Virtual Labs NITK Surathkal to facilitate and support the use of the Virtual Labs platform and even to contribute content to the VLabs Development Community by developing newer labs in existing and in new subject areas in various disciplines.

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) being one of the Nodal Center of Virtual Labs under NITK Surathkal can now train more faculty members and students on the initiative and also specific to experiments/subjects in the university curriculum post the introductory workshop on Virtual Labs completed by the Virtual Labs team of NITK Surathkal. University can further organize workshops and outreach events at a local level for the other associated or neighboring engineering and science colleges and train more students and teachers to utilize the resources and we shall extend our support in the process as required. At a later stage, KSOU may propose the development of new labs in the gap areas identified in the Virtual Labs catalogue by engaging faculty/student teams competent to undertake the same. This is however an advanced process involving evaluations at NITK Surathkal and at the national level.

Dr. T S Harsha., M.Sc., Ph.D., DEE., FBSS., FAELS.
Assistant Professor
Project Director (NMEICT) and Co-Ordinator (Virtual Lab Nodal Centre)
Department of Studies in Environmental Science
Karnataka State Open University
Muktha Gangotri, Mysore - 570 006
Tel: ++ 91-09449178802 (Mobile)


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