Virtual Labs: An Online Laboratories for College Students

India's First Online Labs sponsored by Ministry of Education

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 the internet.

The concept of virtual labs is not a new one and one of the first virtual platform based experiments 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 centralized co-ordination in the development of virtual labs has ensured tremendous cost cutting and has speedup 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 accessed through weblink- all these labs are free of cost and available 24x7 for all days of the week.

Engineering Domain for Virtual Labs

Online labs have been developed for the following engineering domains
1. Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
2. Computer Science and Engineering
3. Civil Engineering
4. Electrical Engineering
5. Electronics and Communication Engineering
6. Mechanical Engineering
7. Physical Science
8. Chemical Science
9. Chemical Engineering

How to access Virtual Labs - Tutorial


Rajeev Kumar is dedicated to teaching and research in the field of electrical and electronics engineering. He is always sharing valuable content of the engineering field on this website.

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