In recent decades, there has been a manifold increase in the scope of technical knowledge, leading to a heavy demand for technical education. NPTEL is an Indian portal dedicated to technical e-content. This paper studies the effect of NPTEL on students of eight engineering colleges of Gujarat using the cluster analysis method. It brings out the variations in perceptions and preferences of students using NPTEL. These preferences, inter-alia, relate to use of local language, enrichment of knowledge, passing of examination, employability, educational services, community based extension work and research options among others. Interestingly, a near clear agreement emerges in need for a comprehensive online study program with examination and certification. The need to incorporate features of experiential learning in terms of carrying out actual live research, extension, teaching and working with the local community and industry are also clearly emerging. © 2012 IEEE.
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