The introduction of new educational courses in the curriculum of educational system in India is motivating tech giants to initiate dedicated apps towards them.
Ministry of Human Resource Department chose Microsoft as their technology partner as their technical ally for hosting a humongous platform of online courses.
The programme dedicated to education online has been named SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Mind). The ministry is about to launch around 2,000 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), to benefit over 3 crore candidates, through this platform.
The UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation, 2016 has been established by the HRD ministry for successful launch of the application.
Under the UGC Regulation 2016, online courses will be made available on the platform named SWAYAM by a partner institution the National MOOCs coordinator. A list of online courses that will be offered in each semester will be provided to the registrars and parent institutions will be provided certain free physical facilities, namely, laboratories, libraries, computer facilities.
When the application completes three years, from the date of its launch, AICTE will take over SWAYAM entirely, from Microsoft. As per the available sources, a deal worth 38 crore has been signed between Microsoft and All India Council of Technical Education.
A recent report from TOI recorded a senior official from the HRD ministry saying that,"A student studying in Jharkhand can take a course in IIT, Bombay and the credit earned can be transferred to this mark sheet. We are hopeful this will bring a new change in the education system."