Known for providing world class education, Amity University is now looking forward to spread the importance of education through MOOCs amongst self motivated individuals who want to learn new skills and advance their careers, without dropping commitment to their job or family. Ajit Chauhan , Vice Chairman, Amity Online Education tells Elets News Network (ENN) about their MOOCs initiative, its benefits and future programmes
With the objective to provide tuition-free career-oriented degree and certificate courses through online mode of access, Amity has launched MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) platform last month. It gives tuition free degree programmes and shortter m certificate courses, which can be accessed by anyone, anytime and anywhere.
The degree course includes a 3-year Bachelor of Arts programme whereas certificate courses include business language and communication, marketing management, web designing, fundamentals of e-commerce, social media marketing, digital marketing and many more.
Briefing on the initiative, Ajit Chauhan, Vice Chairman, Amity Online Education says, “Our Founder President, Dr Ashok Chauhan ’s mission is nation building through value education and beyond. In this advanced technological era, we commit to fulfill this vision by taking a giant leap with ‘Tuition Free Education’ through Amity MOOCs. It will be g reat achievement for us if we can touch the people and change their lives through the MOOCs platformat no cost at all.”
He adds, “Since its launch last month, we have 30000 students registered under the MOOCs platform and it is gaining momentum.”
Tie-ups with other Institutions
Notifying on the tie-ups with other institutions, Ajit says, “This is Amity’s in-house programme. But we are tying up with various organisations in the UK and the US, to launch their courses through our platform. We are also in talks with several universities who are interested in engaging Indian students through Amity’s MOOCs platform.”
He further says, “Though we have an in-house faculty, we are also engaging industry people and subject matter experts to develop courses in various fields, data analytics, web designing, science subjects etc.”
Cost Effective Higher Education
Courses through MOOCs offer cost effective way to acquire quality higher education. “We are already offering courses through distance and online education, which are separate from full time education. Since MOOCs also comes under this umbrella, it is a w ay of reaching people of all walks of life in remotest areas of country and that too tuition free,” states Ajit.
He adds, “The programmes available online are much cheaper than the full time. Although MOOCs programme involves a cost but it is paid only when some – one go for assessment, tuition is absolutely free . It is like pay as you go model.”
Similar to Online & Distance but Different
MOOCs is also online but it is different. The parameters that distinguish MOOCs platform:
Engaging Students: Engaging the students in a way that they are tempted to ask question, and do research. Thus, this motivates the students through engagement.
Besides higher education, Amity is focussing on expanding the MOOCs programmes by offering courses for other verticals also. Ajit informs, “Currently, we have higher education courses in MOOCs but we are also developing courses for K12 segment. For this, a different product named Amity K12 is coming up, which will be launched next year. In addition, we are also coming with certificate courses for teachers training, which would be launched in the next few months.”