The Ministry of Human Resources Development has taken a big leap by launching a portal named ‘Study Webs of Active-learning for young Aspiring Minds(SWAYAM), in providing quality and affordable education to the students of India.
This web site provides Massive Open On-line Courses(MOOCs) on all subjects. Under this the students will have a free access to all the lectures and presentations of the best professors of all the leading universities across the world. The latest statistics reveal that the Indian students stand second to US in availing the services of MOOCs.
Initially three courses will be offered with the coordination of Edx. The courses are
- Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation through UC Berkeley university
- Introduction to Computer programming through IIT Bombay
- Thermodynamics through IIT Bombay.
The ministry has also announced about creation of ‘National E-Library’ which can be accessed by learners through internet. This is a digital library and all the top institutes will feed this digital library.
Both digital library and MOOCs are very useful and beneficial to the regular students, drop outs, working professionals as well as students from remote area.
Verified certificate will be issued to the students once the course is completed but any weight age will be given to such certificate is not clear.
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