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Vikash Sharma

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has launched a mobile app ‘National Test Abhyas’ to help students to practice well for NEET (UG) and JEE (Main) entrance examinations. Through the mobile app, candidates can access high quality mock tests online free of cost.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on December 13, Minister of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar said 14.11 lakh students have registered in this mobile app for test practice for NEET (UG) and 81.24 lakh sessions of mock test conducted.

Similarly, 9.59 lakh students have registered for test practice for JEE (Main) and 50.73 lakh sessions of mock test have been conducted.

According to Sarkar, the government has also launched the Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) which offers interactive course content such as video lectures, reading material, self-assessment through tests and quizzes and online discussion forum for clearing doubts for students from Class 9 to Post-Graduation.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also notified necessary regulation, which facilitates the Universities to offer full-fledged online programmes.

The UGC has also notified Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Regulations, 2021 which allows up to 40% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through online learning courses offered through SWAYAM platform.

The All India Council for Technical education (AICTE) has issued guidelines permitting technical education institutions to offer their courses in local languages also. So far 19 institutions from 10 states have started offering such courses.

AICTE has developed a tool called ‘AICTE Automation Artificial Intelligence Tool’ to translate English language online courses into 11 Indian languages. Translation of reference material for Engineering courses are made available in Regional languages on SWAYAM MOOCS portal, Sarkar said.

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