September 1, 2014

Online Courses from NPTEL - powered by Google

The recent phenomenon of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has caused ripples in the otherwise serious business of higher education. In a country such as India, MOOCs and what they promise to offer appear to be a natural solution to the challenge of delivering high quality education to a large number of young engineering students bridging the employability gap. However, the phenomenon is in its early years, and several lacunae have been discovered and some have been addressed as well.  While the promise of educating everyone in a scalable manner is probably some years away, several simple and practical goals are immediately achievable through MOOCs, particularly in a country such as India.

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has been focussed on online learning for more than a decade now. NPTEL is a project run by the IITs and IISc Bangalore, and is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Through its portal http://nptel.ac.in, NPTEL offers one of the largest collections of video and web courses in engineering and allied areas.

NPTEL has recently embarked on offering online courses through its new portal https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/. The portal is powered by Google, and the certification is in partnership with NASSCOM, India's umbrella organisation for IT and other high tech industry. This new effort has been termed NPTEL Online Certification or NOC, in short.

While the delivery of courses is similar to MOOCs, a few important innovations in NOC make for a good fit in the Indian milieu. Firstly, the certification is based on a proctored exam through a test administration service. Secondly, the certification is being provided along with an industry recognised body. Thirdly, the certification has an eligibility clause - only students who score above a certain cut-off can get the certificate.

NPTEL's partnership with Google has been enduring. All NPTEL courses have been available through a dedicated YouTube channel for several years now. The online courses portal is built on Course Builder - an open-source MOOC platform released by Google. The portal has important innovations such as an online edit/compile/run system which is useful for programming assignments.

From March to July 2014, an online course on Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms was run on the portal https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/ with great success. The certification process is in the final stages of completion. Currently, two new courses - Introduction to Programming in C and Basic Electrical Circuits - are open for registration. It is our hope that

NPTEL Online Certification (NOC) proves to be invaluable for both students and employers, who can benefit from high quality learning and certification in the future.
a guest post by Professor K. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras and Chairman, Programme Implementation Committee (PIC), NPTEL

August 27, 2014

Register for Learn with Google - Ads & Search Conference, Gurgaon

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Following the success of the Learn with Google events in Bangalore and Mumbai, we are happy to announce that registration is now open for our next event in Gurgaon.

Similar to the events in Bangalore and Mumbai, we will be hosting advertisers and webmasters over two days - one day dedicated to ads and the other to search. The Ads day will cover topics like Remarketing, Google Analytics, building a mobile business and more. The Search day is aimed at helping webmasters better understand Google Search and what will make their websites thrive in its organic results.

This is an invite-only event and you’ll need to register if you are interested in attending. Please remember that filling out the form does not guarantee your spot at the event. Below are the details:

Gurgaon:
Thursday, 18th September [Ads]
Friday, 19th September [Search]


Registration closes Wednesday, September 3rd.


Posted by Vivaik Bharadwaaj, Director, Product Quality Operations, Google India

August 19, 2014

Doodle 4 Google 2014: Your Doodle on the Google homepage!

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If you’re a fan of the Google Doodle and love the way Google has fun with its logo then here’s your chance to showcase your creativity and get your doodle on Google India’s Homepage on Children’s Day, November 14th 2014.

With the launch of the 6th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest, we invite bright young minds of India to send in their creative, aesthetic and innovative Doodles based on the theme ‘A place in India I wish to visit’.

The contest is open for all children from Class 1st to 10th . They need to put on their thinking hats, get out their colors and get creative with the Google logo. Let the imagination flow and bring alive the beautiful country that is India and your dream destination basis the theme.

Last year, we asked young doodlers across India to make creative, aesthetic, innovative doodles celebrating Indian woman. Gayatri Ketharaman from The Bishop's Co-Ed School, Pune made this winning doodle.  

Participating in Doodle4Google 2014 is simple! Just visit www.google.co.in/doodle4google, download the form, doodle and submit it. Just make sure your entries reach us by October, 12 2014.  We’ll also be visiting hundreds of schools in more than 40 cities across India to collect your entries, so watch out for the Google team!

Finalist will be invited to Delhi for a prize distribution event on 12th November 2014 where the winners of the Doodle 4 Google 2014 will be announced and awarded.

Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India

August 15, 2014

Google celebrates India's Independence Day

We are celebrating India's 68th Independence Day today with a doodle on our homepage that commemorates independent India's first postal stamp. India has a rich postal history which we want to honour today.

Doodle:

Posted by: Varun Sud, Search Marketing Manager, Google India

August 14, 2014

Google Teacher Academy (GTA) comes to India...

Educators in India, here is your opportunity to follow your passion, bring technology into classroom, and impact teaching and learning.

Join Google's professional development program for educators - Google Teacher Academy. Google will host it’s first Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Gurgaon, India on November 27-28, 2014.

The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe, get the most from innovative technologies. It is a two-day event, in which educators get hands-on experience on Google tools, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making an impact.

Application form for participating in GTA is here. The last day to submit completed applications is September 30, 2014. We are particularly interested in educators who actively mentor or train other teachers using Google technologies. 

Educators who are selected to be part of the Google Teachers Academy (GTA), will become Google Certified Teachers (GCTs). GCTs are:

  • Outstanding Educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improving teaching and learning.
  • Creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond.
  • Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, lifelong learning, collaboration, equity and innovation.

For more details on Google Teachers Academy please visit our website.

Posted by Bani Paintal Dhawan, Country Head - EDU Outreach Programs

August 6, 2014

Worldwide appetite for Indian cooking on YouTube

In just four minutes, a Kadhai Paneer recipe video takes us from the sizzling frying of raw vegetables to the fragrant browning of fresh cheese and the slow stirring of a deep orange tomato ginger paste — hungry yet? By combining the power of sight, sound and motion, Indian cooks are drawing in global audiences and dishing out some of the top food and cooking content on YouTube around the world.

In terms of watch time, we found that two of the top ten YouTube food channels globally are from India. Within Asia, Indian content creators hold four of the top ten YouTube food channels.

This global and regional appetite for Indian cooking content is also mirrored at home with Indian food lovers increasingly tuning in to YouTube. Whether people are going online to learn how to make samosas or to compare Hyderabadi biryani recipes, we’ve seen a 40% year-on-year growth in Indian viewership for food and cooking content on YouTube. And in the past 12 months,  India was the top country in the world searching for “Recipes” on YouTube, followed by UAE, Qatar, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States and United Kingdom.

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To celebrate the rise of Indian food content on YouTube, we highlighted some of these creators as India’s YouTube Top Chefs, or those producing the most watched cooking channels in India. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Tune in to Nisha Madhulika for over 1100 videos showing you how Indian cooking can be made easy. Using her own kitchen as a studio, 54-year-old Nisha, a housewife from Noida, creates YouTube videos that guide you through Indian recipes based on easily available ingredients. Started back in 2011, Nisha’s channel now has more than 145,000 subscribers and 4.5 million views

Next time you feel like a healthy Indian treat, check out Sanjay Thumma’s video tutorial on how to whip up some Fat Free Aloo Gobi Matar for dinner. Sanjay’s VahChef has more than 1200 videos full of recipes and humor, which have already earned the love of over 300,000 subscribers.


If you haven’t already heard of Sanjeev Kapoor, you can watch India’s most celebrated chef master his way around the kitchen on Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana.  With recipes ranging across all kinds of cooking skill levels as well as cuisines, Sanjeev’s videos already have over 100 million views.

You can also observe Chef Harpal, a chef with over 25 years of culinary experience, revive classic Indian dishes in number of kitchens across the country on chefharpalsingh. And for those who speak Telugu, homemaker Gayatri makes South Indian recipes like Paani Puri easy to follow along on Gayatri Vantillu.

These Top Chefs are local homemakers and celebrity chefs alike, highlighting how web original content continues to bloom in India. We’re excited that Indian cooks across the board are building global viewerships on our platform and we hope that the success of these creators will inspire many more Indians to use YouTube as their stage for sharing Indian food globally.

Gautam Anand, Director of Content and Operations, YouTube Asia-Pacific, recently watched Paneer Tikka Masala - Restaurant Style Recipe

August 4, 2014

Celebrating India’s favourite yodeler on his 85th birthday


[Cross posted from the Official Asia Pacific Blog]

Searching on Google in India today brings up a colorful doodle in honor of Kishore Kumar’s 85th birthday. This Indian entertainer’s story is the stuff legends are made of. He is not only India’s most successful playback singer, with countless movies and awards to his name, but he also worked in nearly every other role in the film industry. Starting out as a chorus singer, he was also an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter (phew!). Several of these facets are shown in the four corners of the doodle, which is inspired by the handpainted signs India is famous for.   

Kishore Kumar’s trademark style was the yodel. He was also known to enjoy playing pranks. In one incident, he supposedly drove off a film set to another city, because the director forgot to say “cut”. Another story recounts how he once started acting as if his son were accompanying him everywhere, and would speak to the kid and reply to himself in different voices. Get a taste of this fun loving yodeler from 0:55 in this clip:




Posted by Varun Sud, Product Marketing Manager, Google India.