Online Labs aka Olabs, an initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, was officially launched in December 2015, aiming to provide a virtual laboratory environment for students in schools without access to a laboratory. Two and a half years down the line, the initiative has reached almost 2 lakh students across the country.
Based on the idea that lab experiments can be taught on the internet at a low cost, the OLabs was started by a collaboration between Centre for Development of Advanced Computing and Amrita University and funded by the Ministry of Electronics and IT.
Covering Math, Physics, Biology and Chemistry from 9th to 12th classes, the labs offer simulations, interactive animations and videos free of cost to all students upon registration. This enables schools without labs to give their students chance to compete with students from better equipped schools. Also, the fact that these labs can be accessed any time is an added advantage as there is no time constraint.
According to a tweet by Ravi Shankar Prasad, the central Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, the initiative has benefitted 1.96 lakh students from 1603 schools all over the country.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) August 1, 2018