Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday asked the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to adopt the courses offered through SWAYAM platform so that the students' community gets maximum benefits.

SWAYAM provides flexibility and opportunity to students to enroll in multiple courses and avail multiple certificates.

The University Grants Commission (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Regulations, 2021 facilitates an institution to allow up to 40% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses offered through SWAYAM Platform.

Since the launch of SWAYAM Platform in 2017, as many as 7,115 courses have been offered with an enrolment of 2.72 crore learners. Similarly, 11.13 lakhs certificates have been issued through the platform.

During the lockdown owing to the unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic, SWAYAM platform saw increased usages, nearly 2.5 lakh times.

In May 2022, the Ministry of Education conducted an online survey to understand students' outlook for SWAYAM MOOCs.

“This survey provides inputs and insights into students' preference at both National level and State level. The survey shows that more than 70% students (10,000+) spanning 338 Universities/lnstitutions across 29 states expressed interest in availing credit transfer of SWAYAM courses,” the UGC letter read.