Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Universities to adopt India's national Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the SWAYAM platform for the benefit of the students.

Apart from this, the UGC has also allowed universities and well as colleges to offer up to 40 per cent of the syllabus of a programme in a semester online through the e-learning platform- Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM).

The University Grants Commission as National Coordinator for Non-Technology PG Courses developed 145 MOOCs and offered 208 MOOCs (some have been re-run) on the SWAYAM Platform.

In a letter, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said, “The University Grants Commission (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Regulations,202l have been notified in the Gazette of India, which now facilitates an institution to allow upto 40% (forty per cent.) of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses offered through SWAYAM Platform.”

The list of SWAYAM based online credit courses for the ensuing semester shall be notified on the SWAYAM platform before the 1st November for the January semester and before the 1st June for the July semester, every year

Online semester end examination shall be the preferred mode provided that the course-coordinator shall be authorised to decide on the mode of conducting the final examination, either through online mode or pen and paper mode and this shall be announced in the overview of the course at the time of offering of the course, the notification said.

A certificate regarding successful completion of the SWAYAM based credit course shall be signed by the National Coordinator and authorised signatory of the Host Institution and shall be made available on SWAYAM platform within four weeks from the date of declaration of the semester end examination result.

No university shall refuse any student for credit mobility of courses earned through SWAYAM platform, the notification added.