UGC RELEASED A NOTICE FOR POPULARIZATION OF ONLINE COURSES.
New Delhi: University Grant Commission (UGC) released the notice for popularization of online courses. Prime Minister of India in his address to the nation on the occasion of 74th Independence Day, announced several initiatives and reforms to meet the objectives of "Atmanirbhar Bharat". One of the initiatives being sustaining the momentum created for online classes.
According to the notice, online learning has emerged as a revolutionary initiative during the pandemic situation. The digital initiatives like SWAYAM, SWAYAM Prabha, Virtual lab, National Digital Library, ePG Pathshala and UGC MOOCs portal became well known for online classes and for their utility in blended mode of teaching. Students residing in urban as well as rural areas are taking advantage of the quality MOOCs during the closure of educational institutions. For the benefit of large number of students, especially in rural areas, some of the SWAYAM and SWAYAM Prabha courses have been translated into regional languages. Courses offered through SWAYAM are fully recognized and eligible for credit transfer as per UGC (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM) Regulations, 2016.
Apart from SWAYAM, certain EdTech companies are providing MOOCs. Students are supplementing their knowledge and skills by joining these courses. Many HEIs have started their own online classes for their students.
In view of above, there is a need to sustain the momentum generated for online courses during the pandemic. It is requested to adopt SWAYAM courses for credit transfer and senitize, popularise and encourage students and faculty to take advantage of online programmes, courses and learning materials.