A university lecturer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who dedicated his time to develop edX, an online path that brings courses to people at no cost, has lastly got his reward. Anant Agarwal is one of the recipients of Padma Shri this year for his contribution in the arena of education.
Agarwal an IIT Madras graduate, lives in Weston with his wife and two children. After doing his BTech from IIT, he stirred to the United States to get a doctorate at Stanford, then landed a teaching work at MIT in 1988. He is currently the CEO of edX, founded by Harvard and MIT. He skilled the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which represented 1,55,000 students from 162 countries.
edX, which is accessible in English and Hindi among other languages, is being used by students from over 162 countries. It is amongst the best Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the world, identified for its quality and is being used by students in India as well.
The courses on edX contain everything from Economics, Architecture and Engineering. It has tie-ups with institutions like Berkley, California, Boston University, The University of Adelaide, IIT Bombay and the likes.
“Online education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are one of the modern progressions in the education sector and suggest the promise of purity and quality in education for all. The Indian government knows the potential of the Indian learners and the value MOOCs bring to the society. The New Education Policy (NEP) is united to democratization of education and is a very auspicious step forward towards enabling mass-scaled education,” Agarwal speaks.
Agarwal embraces a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. His effort on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World-Changing Concepts in 2011, and he was called in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012.