The University Grants Commissions has increased the academic credit limit for the online courses up to 40 percent from the existing 20 percent according to which the students can pick subjects relevant to their course online using the SWAYAM platform and gain the credits for the same. Taking up the online courses will be equivalent to attending the physical lectures in class according to the norms.
In order to ensure that more students can avail of the benefits of the courses, the UGC has brought in an Expert Committee which will map the existing courses with the MOOCs which can be constituted for the course. This will also help in identifying areas or subjects for which the MOOCs are not available and create digital content for such courses as well.
An official notification in this regard has been released on the official website of the University Grants Commission. Candidates can also check the official notification from the UGC through the direct link provided below.
In the first phase of the mapping, the UGC plans to develop 171 undergraduate level MOOC courses in subjects like History, Political Science, Commerce, Sociology, Public Administration, and Anthropology. The UGC has asked the Higher Education institutes and the top academicians from across the country to develop high-quality MOOSc in the said areas which can be compared to international standards.
Details mentioned in the Official Notification
In an official notification released by the UGC, it has been stated that with the COVID-19 situation the UGC chairman has formed an Expert Committee to map the existing developed MOOCs and identify gap areas where the courses need to be developed under SWAYAM according to the UGC model CBCS curriculum.
This is being done along with the recently released New Education Policy which suggests setting up an Academic Bank of Credits which will compile the academic credits earned by the students. Degrees from the higher education institutions can be awarded by taking into account the credits earned by the students.
SWAYAM had earlier approved 82 MOOCs for the undergraduate classes while 42 were approved for the postgraduate classes to be offered in the July semester. The UGC had then asked the Vice Chancellors to take the suggestions from the deans of the respective departments in which course each university should adopt from the platform.