UGC calls students to use lockdown period productively

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Amid coronavirus lockdown across the country, University Grants Commission (UGC), the national higer education regulator has released a list of initiatives. According to the notification of MHRD, UGC and its Inter University Centres(IUCs) , it has requested teachers and students to use this lockdown for online learning. The notification also said to use this lockdown period productively.

These resources, which are in the form of digital platforms, can be accessed by the teachers, students and researchers in Universities and Colleges.

Following is the list of some of the initiatives suggested by the ministry:

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1. SWAYAM online courses: provides access to best teaching learning resources which were earlier delivered on the SWAYAM Platform may be now viewed by any learner free of cost without any registration.

2. UG/PG MOOCs: hosts learning material of the SWAYAM UG and PG (Non-Technology) archived courses.

3. e-PG Pathshala: 9 hosts high quality, curriculum-based, interactive e-content containing 23,000 modules ( e-text and video) in 70 Post Graduate disciplines of social sciences, arts, fine arts and humanities, natural & mathematical sciences.

4. e-Content courseware in UG subjects:

e-content in 87 Undergraduate courses with about 24,110 e-content modules is available on the CEC website at

5. SWAYAMPRABHA: is a group of 32 DTH channels providing high quality educational curriculum based course contents covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture etc to all teachers, students and citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning.

6. CEC-UGC YouTube channel: provides access to unlimited educational curriculum based lectures absolutely free.

7. National Digital Library: is a digital repository of a vast amount of academic content in different formats and provides interface support for leading Indian languages for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular form of access devices and differently-abled learners.

8. Shodhganga: is a digital repository platform of 2,60,000 Indian Electronic Theses and Dissertations for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access.

9. e-Shodh Sindhu provides current as well as archival access to more than 15,000 core and peer-reviewed journals and a number of bibliographic, citation and factual databases in different disciplines from a large number of publishers and aggregators to its member institutions including centrally-funded technical institutions, universities and colleges that are covered under I2(B) and 2(f) Sections of the UGC Act.

10. Vidwan: is a database of experts which provides information about experts to peers, prospective collaborators, funding agencies policy makers and research scholar in the country.

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