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Virtual Labs: Recent Trends in Engineering Laboratories in INDIA

 

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The area of science and technology is rapidly changing with new technologies getting introduced every other day. In order to keep the student community up to date with the latest technological innovations, it is mandatory to provide them with sufficient practical experience with such technologies. However, updating lab facilities in every institute with each advancement in technology is both impractical and infeasible.

Virtual Lab offers a solution to overcome this problem. It provides the students with hands on experience on the latest technologies without the need for them to be physically present near the apparatus. It also brings a lot of economic feasibility as the lab needs to be set up only at one location which can then be accessed globally via internet.

The concept of virtual labs is not a new one and one of the first virtual platform based experiment was that of web-based virtual oscilloscope laboratory experiment developed in the National University of Singapore in the year 2000. However the first attempt at development of virtual labs on a large scale covering almost all fields of engineering is the Virtual Labs Project in INDIA. The centralised co-ordination in the development of virtual labs has ensured tremendous cost cutting and has speed up the development process. The labs present in various engineering institutes have a very low usage factor of the order of just a few hours every week and is limited to the students enrolled in that institute only. However, these virtual labs can be accessed round the clock, throughout the year and free of cost by any student. All a client needs is a computer system and an internet connection.

All the Labs which is developed in the Virtual Labs Project can be access through weblink- http://virtual-labs.ac.in , all these labs are free of cost and available for 24×7 for all days of the week.

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