University Grants Commission (UGC) will now collaborate with satellite 'Swayam' on short term courses known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
Swayam is an information technology platform - to provide high quality education on various subjects from school level of class IX-XII to under graduate and post graduate students by covering all disciplines.Earlier, HRD ministry was planning over the idea of collaborating with the Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) on releasing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Now, as many as 2,000 courses have released by the satellite whichincludes Forensics Science, Making of Modern India, Environmental Chemistry, Vedic Language and Literature and many other courses.
A circular issued by Jaspal S. Sandhu, secretary, UGC to all the vice-chancellors of the universities under UGC said, "The University Grants Commission has been asked by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to upload the list of MOOCs which are proposed to be launched in August, 2016. The same has been uploaded on UGC website i.e. www.ugc.ac.in. It is pertinent to mention here that the UGC has also notified UGC (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM) Regulation, 2016 in the Gazette of India on July 19, 2016 wherein credit transfer for online courses under SWAYAM platform of Government of India has been defined. The regulations are also available on UGC website. You are requested to kindly peruse the list of MOOCs Courses and UGC regulations from UGC website and take appropriate action for introduction of MOOCs courses through SWAYAM platform for the benefit of the students of your university and affiliated colleges after approval of the various academic bodies of your University."
This initiative aims at satellite education which will be provided to over 2,000 courses for up to 3 crore students across the country. This program will be launched on August 15, 2016. Brainbuxa will keep you updated on such news and views across the nation. For more, take a halt at Brainbuxa.