President Pranab Mukherjee on 9 July 2017 launched four major digital initiatives in to push e-education. These digital initiatives are SWAYAM, SWAYAM Prabha and National Academic Depository.
All these digital initiatives are managed and supervised by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
• An indigenously designed Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), SWAYAM will host all the courses taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation.
• More than 400 Courses are available on SWAYAM covering all the engineering and non-engineering subjects at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
• The UGC has also issued Regulation that allows transfer of credits earned through the courses done through SWAYAM into the academic record of the students.
• The platform has been constructed by Microsoft with totally indigenous efforts and it can be accessed by anyone and anywhere at any time.
About 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels
• The 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels aim to provide high quality educational content developed by experts through 32 DTH (direct to home) Television Channels.
• The SWAYAM Prabha channels are available for free for anyone who has a set top box to receive either DD Free Dish or DishTV. There is no monthly charge for viewing these channels.
• These channels transmit 4 hours of fresh content every day and contain lectures from the best teachers.
• These channels include the IIT-PAL channels which were intended to help students taking the prestigious JEE examination taught by the IIT faculty.
• These channels will help students in the rural areas and in the remote areas where IT infrastructure have not penetrated so well.
About National Academic Depository
• It is a digital depository of academic awards for authenticating all certificates issued by institutions.
• It will directly integrate with Boards and Universities which issue Certificates which will be verified and authenticated in a digital depository for purpose of employment, higher education, and loans.
• This will help in increasing transparency and ease of operation.
These digital initiatives were launched under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) with an aim to help all in adopting the digital way to improve the quality of teaching.
When: 9 July 2017
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