In the light of Corona virus pandemic, the University Grants Commissions (UGC) has surged the academic credit limit for the online courses up to 40 per cent. Earlier, it was 20 per cent and now students can pick subjects relevant to their course online using the SWAYAM platform and gain the credits for the same.
The commission 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.
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.
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 NEP 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.