In a huge relief to students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the universities and colleges across the country to consider adopting the 124 SWAYAM MOOCs as credit courses. Institutions can adapt the 124 SWAYAM MOOCs from the July 2020 semester.
The development came in after there has been uncertainty over reopening the campuses for conducting the examinations. The institutions are closed from mid-March.
At present, there are 82 UG and 42 PG MOOC courses offered under the SWAYAM which is an open online course platform launched by the MHRD in 2017 for free online courses.
Over 50,000 learners have accessed the 1,900 MOOCs which according to data is an addition to the 25 lakh students already enrolled in the January 2020 semester of SWAYAM.
The commission has cited the Credit Framework for Online Learning courses through SWAYAM for Credit mobility where students can learn online and take the SWAYAM semester exams which are conducted by the NTA. The students can get the credits transferred to their respective university.
The students will be able to appear for the exams scheduled to be conducted by the NTA in November and get the credits transferred by which the loss of classes due to the lockdown will not be incurred.
Rajnish Jain, Secretary of UGC stated that under the present circumstances, the universities and colleges are encouraged to make the maximum use of the SWAYAM online portal. The UGC secretary also stated that the SWAYAM courses may be approved and adopted through the SWAYAM platform by the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The UGC has also asked the Higher Educational institutions to plan their examination scheduled in order to avoid any clashes.