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The Economic Times | By Anubhuti Vishnoi, ET Bureau | 24 May, 2016 |

SWAYAM or Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds programme

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is set to make online courses count towards the college degree.  University Grants Commission, the apex higher education regulator, sources said, has agreed to factor in scores achieved in official online courses towards total marks scored and transfer credits for them — a move that will mainstream online courses and increase their acceptability and credibility in the Indian higher education system. It will also allow students across institutions in India to take up courses which may not be available at their institute and also win credit for them. One condition is that the online courses must be one of the 400 plus courses on offer through the government-backed massive open online course (MOOC) platform SWAYAM . Also, no more than 20% of the total score can be achieved through SWAYAM courses. So an Institution can only allow up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses provided through SWAYAM platform.

Online courses are so far only seen as complementary skillsets acquired by an enthusiastic student but they do not in any way reflect in the student’s marksheet or enhance his overall score. UGC will soon notify setting up of a standing committee for SWAYAM courses and a national MOOCs coordinator that will coordinate with all universities and institutions on the MOOCs on offer.  A special set of regulations — UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) regulation 2016 — have been formulated under Section 26 of the UGC Act. It will provide for transfer of credits of such students who are enrolled as regular/part-time students in any educational institution in India. –  Courtesy


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