The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a SWAYAM national coordinator, has opened enrollment for more than 500 online certification courses, which are open to students and working professionals across India. These courses are being offered completely free of cost by NPTEL – a joint initiative by IITs and IISc.
While the courses are free, learners will have to pay a fee for the exam. Exams will be held for candidates who need certification. Certification is optional. Learners spanning ages from 13 to 86 years can take up NPTEL certification.
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NPTEL has initiated giving ‘domain certification.’ “A domain comprises a set of core and elective NPTEL courses. Those who complete a domain (specified core courses + elective courses) with an average score of 60 will get a domain certificate from NPTEL. There are no additional charges/ fees involved in obtaining domain certification. There are 44 domains across 12 disciplines available now and more are in the pipeline,” said prof Andrew Thangaraj, co-ordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras.
As part of the course, learners will have to watch videos online, submit assignments on a weekly basis and register for an in-person final exam which is invigilated. More than 1.2 crore learners have joined NPTEL courses till date, as per the official data. The NPTEL videos have received more than 1 billion views so far, it claims.