Up to date: Could 20, 2020 8:26:11 pm
In a letter addressed to the vice-chancellors of all the upper schooling institutes, the College Grants Fee (UGC) has requested schools and universities to offer acceptance to the Large Open On-line Programs (MOOCs) supplied by Swayam — a web-based portal by Ministry of Human Useful resource Improvement (HRD) in addition to enable credit score switch for these programs.
This suggests that the efficiency of scholars in Swayam-based MOOC can be thought-about whereas creating a tutorial document of the related topic. Within the latest letter, the UGC wrote, “It’s earnestly hoped that universities and schools will come ahead in giant numbers to undertake SWAYAM programs for credit score switch and encourage increasingly more college students to enrol in these programs to make sure uninterrupted teaching-learning for college kids.”
The academics are additionally requested to precise curiosity in creating non-technical undergraduate and postgraduate stage programs for the platform. The UGC requested the vice-chancellors to take recommendations from deans of respective departments on which programs every varsity ought to undertake from the platform. As many as 82 MOOCs for undergraduate and 42 for postgraduates courses are authorized by Swayam board to be supplied in July semester.
The admission course of at SWAYAM portal is on. The UGC has additionally requested schools to make sure that they be aware of the examination dates of the portal whereas drafting their schedule. The Swayam exams for each undergraduate and postgraduate programs for the July semester are scheduled to be held for November 14 and 15. The exams for the portal are carried out by the Nationwide Testing Company (NTA).
MOOCs can ease out the difficulties precipitated because of the coronavirus induced lockdown, as per UGC. The governing physique mentioned within the letter, “The nation has been going via troublesome occasions resulting from nation-wide lockdown in view of the COVID-10 pandemic, which has additionally led to the closure of HEIs. To stop a pause in studying amongst college students, UGC has shared with universities and schools the hyperlinks of varied ICT initiatives of MHRD and UGC together with MOOCs being supplied on SWAYAM.”
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In whole, Swayam has over 1900 programs which, as per UGC have been accessed by 50,000 learners. It additionally claims that over 25 lakh college students have already enrolled in January 2020 semester of Swayam.
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