The Ministry of Human Resource Development is working towards achieving enrollment of one crore students for the government hosted online courses. Under the project titled Swayam, Swayam is the world's largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is conducted all year round for various subjects.
Objective of the programme
Through this programme, the MHRD's objective is to provide high-quality e-content to all colleges and universities free of cost.
HRD Minister's Tweet
- On December 23, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted that by 2018, the HRD ministry is targeting 1 crore student enrolment in Swayam programme - an indigenously developed educational platform by the government.
- "By 2018 targeting 1 crore student enrolment in #SWAYAM #EducationRevolution," the tweet read.
- According to his tweets, Swayam is the world's largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the making. So far 18 lakh students have registered themselves in less than five months in this programme.
Here are tweets on Swayam by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
- #SWAYAM is the world's largest #MOOCs program in the making. 18 lakh students registrations in less than 5 months .#EducationRevolution
- Currently, over 670 courses spanning subjects such as Humanities and Science are being offered through this programme and over 1,500 new courses will be added in next three months
- The government plans to include 300 courses in 10 regional languages in next three months as well
- Over 76 universities have approved credit transfer for courses taken through Swayam
- The UGC has also issued a credit transfer framework for the same
Advantages of SWAYAM
- According to the MHRD Minister, Swayam is 'Any Time Learning, Anywhere Learning.'
- Students from the poorest part of the country can get access to highest quality courses free of charge
- Over 15 lakh untrained school teachers will receive Diploma in Elementary Education through this programme
Foreign University courses too to be incorporated
The MHRD also plans to offer courses of foreign universities in India languages.
- This move will open additional avenues for students who wish to pursue foreign courses but lack the resources and means to do so
- On June 12 this year the Minister said that the government's objective is to offer about 2,000 online courses within one year through 'Swayam'
About 60,000 students have already completed their courses through this affordable platform which was launched last year.