Swayam: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday launched Swayam, a government of India initiative to provide “best teaching learning resources to all” online. The initiative aims to “bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.”
While launching the initiative, President Mukherjee said, Swayam portal “enables one to take courses offered by the best teachers, remaining where they are. Swayam should be a call to the pioneers amongst teachers to put new courses in the upcoming areas on this platform in the MOOCs (massive open online course) format.”
“It is also a call to the other teachers to use this material and improve their own teaching capacity. Ultimately, it should lead to better attainment levels in the students,” he added.
Here is everything you need to know about the initiative:
- Swayam uses indigenously developed IT platform, facilitating hosting of all courses, taught in classrooms from Class 9 till post-graduation to be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time.
- Swayam aims to provide interactive courses, prepared by best teachers in the country and are available free of cost to the residents in India. Over 1,000 specially chosen teachers from across the country have participated in preparing Swayam courses.
- Course format: Swayam courses are available on swayam.gov.in website in four quadrants: video lecture, specially-prepared reading material that can be downloaded/printed, self-assessment tests through tests and quizzes and an online discussion forum for clearing the doubts.
- National coordinators: To ensure best quality content, seven national coordinators have been appointed. They are NPTEL for engineering, UGC for post-graduation education, CEC for under-graduate education, NCERT & NIOS for school education, IGNOU for out of the school students and IIMB for management studies.
- Cost: Swayam courses are available free of cost to the learners.
- Certification: Students wanting Swayam certifications need to register. They would be offered a certificate on successful completion of the course and charged a little fee.
- Transferable marks/grades: At the end of each course, students would also be assessed through proctored examination and the marks/grades secured in this exam could be transferred to the academic record of the students. For this, the UGC has issued UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through Swayam) Regulation 2016, advising the universities to identify courses where credits can be transferred on to the academic record of the students for courses done on Swayam.
- Indigenous Swayam platform: It has been indigenously developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with the help of Microsoft.
- Total courses: Swayam platform is capable of hosting 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning, covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses.