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Hindustan Times  | Shradha Chettri | New Delhi |  Jun 27, 2016 |

Starting this academic session, postgraduate students across the country in any university will be able to take a few classes online and then get the credits transferred to their parent university.  Students can now take modules of the paper online and the marks obtained at the end of the tutorial can be converted to grades which the university will accept.  The Centre for E-learning at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Delhi University, has prepared e-content for six disciplines and would be soon submitted to the University Grants Commission (UGC). The e-content will then be hosted on the government Massive Open Online Course (MOOC’s) platform Swayam.

In the first phase, students pursuing Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Psychology and Forensic Science will be able to opt for the online course. The papers have been prepared by professors from across the country, but the final online content with multimedia aspects have been put together at the e-learning centre. “For the six disciplines there are 96 papers that have been prepared. Academics, technical staff have worked day and night to prepare the content. The content that has been prepared is not just reading material but it also has interactive videos, crosswords and discussion forum,” said AK Bakshi, chairman of the centre which was established in 2013.  Bakshi says this platform will make higher education accessible to those who cannot be a part of the regular colleges. The content, available through the online platform, will test students with both subjective and objective questions.  “Students will take proctored examination after which the credit can be transferred to the University. However the students taking the course will have to complete it in the definite timeframe,” said Vimal Rarh, deputy director at the centre. It has also been known that the UGC has also passed a credit framework for online learning courses through Swayam Regulation, 2016, which was passed at a recent meeting of the Commission. – Courtesy

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