National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a project of the MHRD initiated in 2003 by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, provides recorded lectures taught by its member institutes online for open access. It focuses on five core disciplines – civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering as well as mechanical engineering.
NPTEL has the world's largest online repository of courses in basic sciences, engineering and selected humanities and social sciences subjects. The online portal has over 470 million views and its YouTube Channel is the most subscribed educational channel with more than 1.5 million subscribers and over 404 million total views. With 56000+ hours video content, it is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world.
Since March 2014, NPTEL has been offering open online courses along with certificates from the IITs/IISc for those who complete the courses successfully. The courses are free for enrolment and learning. The certification examination conducted at the end of the course is optional and has a fee.