Facilitating E-learning through National Knowledge Network

  • Geetha P. Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi
  • Wilson K. Cherukulath Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi
  • R. Sivakumar Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi
Keywords: e-learning, Virtual class, National Knowledge Network, Knowledge Sharing, Online classes, Digital Technologies, VidyoDesktop, A-VIEW, NPTEL


Learning is very important in the current knowledge based society. The economy of a country depends on the education level attained by the population of that country. Traditional learning cannot satisfy the various demands of the people. Due to the rapid growth in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) more and more innovative methods for accessing and sharing knowledge develop as the days pass. Government is keen on the integration of technology in educational programmes which are cost effective as well as time saving. E-learning or electronic learning is one such idea which is gaining momentum at a very fast pace. The new digital technologies used in e-learning are capable of meeting the user requirements at a high level. For all these a high bandwidth Internet connection is required. The National Knowledge Network (NKN) established by the government of India is mainly for sharing knowledge between research institutions. The e-learning facility has been started in Technical Information Resource centre (TIRC) of Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) in 2014. This paper presents the different e-learning platforms which have been used through National Knowledge Network (NKN) to access e-learning programmes in NPOL. It also points out the increasing user demands for e-learning facility and the importance of librarians in the e-learning environment.

Author Biographies

Geetha P., Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi

Smt P. Geetha received MSc (Botany), B.Ed, BLISc from University of Calicut and MLISc from IGNOU, New Delhi and PGDLAN from Annamalai University. She did her NPTEL online Certification Course (Introduction to Research) in 2016 using the virtual class facility provided at TIRC, NPOL. She started her career at Cochin University of Science and Technology 1989 and then joined in Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (DRDO), Kochi in the same year. At present she is working as Scientist `D` at Technical Information Resource Centre of NPOL. She is in-charge of National Knowledge Network (NKN) activities at TIRC. She is a life member of Kerala Library Association (KLA), Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centers (IASLIC) and Society for the Advancement of Library & Information Science (SALIS).

Wilson K. Cherukulath, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi
Mr Wilson K. Cherukulath received MSc in Applied Physics and BLISc. He obtained MLISc degree in 1997 from IGNOU and MBA from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2012. His professional career started at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad in 1990. He also worked at Railway Staff College  and Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai before joining the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (Deemed University), Pune as Scientist. Presently, he is the Head of the Technical Information Resource Center (TIRC) of NPOL, Kochi. He is a life member of Luminescence Society of India (LSI), IASLIC, SALIS and Indian Library Association (ILA).
R. Sivakumar, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi

Shri R. Sivakumar, Scientist`F` received his MSc (Computer Science) from Madurai Kamaraj University. He Joined NPOL in 1989. He has 25 years of service in DRDO. His fields of interest include: Oceanographic data processing and analysis, Sonar signal processing. He is NKN Coordinator at NPOL.

How to Cite
P., G., Cherukulath, W., & Sivakumar, R. (2017). Facilitating E-learning through National Knowledge Network. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 37(2), 91-97. https://doi.org/10.14429/djlit.37.2.10958