The students, who have zeal to learn different subjects without wasting years on formal studies, would now be able to take selected online subjects offered by other universities while undergoing their regular college courses. The credits earned in the subjects would get transferred to their college mark sheets. From the next academic year, the students would be able to avail this service provided by the UGC.
The UGC has recently asked all the central universities to introduce various online courses under the SWAYAM (Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds) platform, the brainchild of the ruling government. The HRD ministry recently approved the guidelines regarding the credit framework for online learning course and it would be instrumental from the next academic year.
It is expected that over 2000 online courses would be made available under the ambitious SWAYAM project of the government. The universities, according to the guidelines, would not be able to deny credit mobility to any of the students opting for different online subjects and courses at the same time. The parent institute would have to provide equal credit weightage to students for the credits earned through the online learning courses.
The online mode of study for a particular programme per semester would be offered through any institution only up to 20% of the total seats. This programme is expected to widen the scope of higher education and bring down the cost of education through technological advancements in the country.
This system would also provide students from backward areas to avail teaching facilities in any renowned institute which would offer online courses, eliminating the gap of education.
The UGC would notify the SWAYAM portal every June and November, about the online courses on offer for the upcoming semester. Interactive e-content would be provided free of cost to the students registering themselves for the online courses and school level to post graduate level courses would be on offer.