New York: Online educational courses are gaining popularity. With its wide reach, students can get access to best of education from remote places. E-learning can get best of results as the new learning tools have become interactive on audio-video platform.

 Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined hands to launch an ambitious USD 60 million initiative under which they will offer free online courses to students, a collaboration that will be headed by Indian-origin professor Anant Agarwal.
The new online education platform 'EdX' would be overseen by a Cambridge-based not-for-profit organization and be owned and governed equally by the two universities.
MIT and Harvard have committed USD 30 million each in institutional support, grants and philanthropy to launch the collaboration.
Agarwal, who holds a PhD from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from IIT Chennai, will be EdX's first President.
Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Agarwal led the development of the platform.
At Harvard, Provost Alan Garber will direct the effort, according to statements from the two universities.
"EdX represents a unique opportunity to improve education on our own campuses through online learning, while simultaneously creating a bold new educational path for millions of learners worldwide," MIT President Susan Hockfield said.
EdX would draw on the faculty, research, and institutional backing of both universities to provide Harvard and MIT courses to users around the world.
MIT and Harvard expect that over time other universities will join them in offering courses on the EdX platform.
The gathering of many universities' educational content together on one site would enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.



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