Intel Higher Education initiated the pilot session on web-based training program by delivering two sessions on VLSI design and CAD tools at KIIT by senior Intel technologists on the 9th of June 2010 .The technical talk was delivered on two way video based virtual classroom setup using web communication tools like Skype and Live Meeting.
The technical lectures were telecast live at the Intel campus using the video conferencing mode with interactivity between the Intel technologists and the students of KIIT thereby providing live class room like experience to the students at the remote centre.
The first technical lecture was delivered by Intel technologist Sathyanarayanan Seshadri on “Overview of VLSI Design Cycle and Design Related Issues” for a duration of one hour followed by similar session on “VLSI CAD tools” taken by Biswadeep Chatterjee. The technical lectures were attended by 175 B. Tech students, 4 M. Tech students, 2 Professors and 4 Placement staff from KIIT and were extremely interactive and participative.
The program was a pilot for creating a web based model wherein Intel could network, reach out and scale a large number of students and faculties of varied technological institutions in India. The launch was extremely successful because the virtual – technical session required minimal infrastructure and software equipment like internet connectivity of 1 mbps, computers with Skype installed, LCD projectors, speakers and web cam which were easily arranged and afforded by the engineering institute. Since the technical lectures were conducted in Intel campus there was optimal and effective utilization of the Intel technologist time and energy also.
The session was highly appreciated by the faculty from the institute. As Prof Harpal Thethi said “ Both the sessions were tremendous. The topics were also very closely related to what students have done since last 1 month. It is a pleasure to talk to innovators from INTEL. This would go a long way in helping our students in making a career in the ever growing field of VLSI”.
Meanwhile the Intel Technologist felt that the sessions were a great saving on time and energy and a great way of reaching to a large number of students. “It took me only 2 hrs for this session instead of 36 hrs which includes travelling to the institute – hence there is 18 x productive efficiency” Biswadeep Chatterjee