You can prepare for IIT JEE and NEET through television. No this is not a joke. It’s an initiative by MHRD to reduce the impact of coaching for engineering and medical preparation.
The IIT-PAL app/ videos were supposed to be launched in August 2016, but were delayed due to lack of resources, like study material, notes, video lectures were not prepared in time.
IIT-Pal Videos and TV Channels Launched
Finally, The IIT-Pal videos and TV channels were launched on July 9, 2017 under the name “Swayam Prabha”. There are 4 channels under IIT-PAL for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The videos under these channels are recorded mainly by IIT Delhi Professors.
Channel 19: IIT PAL: Biology
Channel 20: IIT PAL: Chemistry
Channel 21: IIT PAL: Mathematics
Channel 22: IIT PAL: Physics
Note : Currently, all the above channels have been merged into a single IIT-PAL channel for all the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Math and Biology.
Now let’s see some questions and concerns from students (JEE/ NEET aspirants).
Are IIT-PAL video lectures on TV Channels enough for IIT JEE and NEET preparation?
Many of you have already joined IIT JEE or NEET online coaching for 1 year or 2 year courses. You are following a proper schedule each day – school, coaching, and self study. How are you going to benefit from these TV channels to enhance your preparation?
Taking time out from a regular JEE/ NEET preparation schedule is not recommended. On weekends you can try to watch these videos on TV. But you may also have weekly tests, and the weekend self study is very important in your preparation.
For you, the IIT-PAL video lectures will not be much helpful and I would suggest you to avoid them for now.
For students who are not taking any coaching for JEE/ NEET
If you are not taking any coaching right now, you can definitely include these videos as an important resource in your preparation. You can identify which lectures are more clear and not boring.
Like all recorded videos, doubt removal will not be possible via IIT-PAL TV channels. You can’t interact with the IIT professors, teachers, or IIT students, who are presenting these lectures.
What’s the quality of video lectures delivered by IIT-Pal TV Channels?
The IIT-PAL videos lectures are prepared and presented by IIT professors. The question is – Are IIT professors better teachers than coaching teachers?
The answer is No. As per a study conducted by IIT-Kanpur campus newspaper, nearly 75% students said that their coaching faculty were better at teaching than the IIT-K professors.
Can I avoid coaching and focus on JEE/ NEET preparation via IIT-PAL TV Channels?
There is a risk here. The MHRD and IIT council may not be very confident about the quality of these TV lectures. Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice has selected a group of coaching institutes to provide quality coaching to SC and OBC candidates. The ministry also decided to bear the entire expenditure.
If they were confident about the quality of video lectures on IIT-PAL TV channels, they could have referred the same to reserved category students, or might have provided the facility of watching these videos.
Edit : These days, we are seeing every state is announcing free JEE and NEET coaching for some selected students. Why? What happened to IIT-Pal videos and TV channels? Are they not enough to clear the exams!
We’re listening to students.
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