SWAYAM PORTAL: OVER 50000 USERS AMID COVID-19

SWAYAM PORTAL: OVER 50000 USERS AMID COVID-19

According to a report from Ministry of HRD, access  to the National Online Education Platform SWAYAM and other Digital Initiatives of HRD ministry has tripled in the last one week.


SWAYAM PORTAL; CURRENT AFFAIRS 29TH MARCH 2020



The Ministry of HRD through its Online/Digital Education Initiatives is trying to ensure that students can continue their learning sitting at their home, during this lockdown period.


HOW GOOD IS THE RESPONSE TO THE ONLINE PORTALS?



About 50,000 people have accessed SWAYAM since 23rd March 2020. This is over and above the 25 lakh students/learners who are already enrolled in the 571 courses of the January 2020 semester of SWAYAM


SWAYAM has a repository of 1900 courses which are now being accessed by people from over 60 countries


The  significant majority is from India and the other countries include USAUAEGermanyNepalSingaporeCanadaUnited Kingdom and Australia.


The videos of the SWAYAM Prabha DTH TV channels are viewed by around 50,000 people every day


The National Digital Library is now being accessed by about 43,000 people daily which is more than twice the usual number of persons accessing it. 


The Education portals of NCERT like Dikshae-pathasalaNROER and NIOS and the other ICT initiatives like Robotics education (e-Yantra)Open Source Software for Education (FOSSEE), Virtual experiments (Virtual Labs) and Learning programming (Spoken tutorial) are also experiencing very large access rates.


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ABOUT SWAYAM PORTAL



SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active–Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., accessequity and quality.


FORMATION: SWAYAM platform is developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and NPTELIIT Madras with the help of Google Inc. and Persistent Systems Ltd


CAPACITY: It would be ultimately capable of hosting 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning: covering schoolunder-graduatepost-graduateengineeringlaw and other professional courses.


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy. 


NATIONAL COORDINATORS OF SWAYAM: Following are the key national coordinators of SWAYAM:

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching for faculty of the Engineering/University/ Institutions
  • National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) for engineering
  • University Grants Commission (UGC) for post-graduation education
  • Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) for under-graduate education
  • NCERT for school education
  • NIOS for school education
  • IGNOU for out of the school students and
  • IIMB for management studies
  • National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) for teacher training programme.
COURSES OFFERED IN SWAYAM: There are a number of major courses which are offered by the SWAYAM Portal. These include: 
  • Courses that are taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation.
  • The courses hosted on SWAYAM is in 4 quadrants: (i) video lecture, (ii) specially prepared reading material that can be downloaded/printed, (iii) self-assessment tests through tests and quizzes and (iv) an online discussion forum for clearing the doubts.
  • Categories of courses include – EngineeringScienceHumanitiesManagementLanguageMathematicsArts and RecreationCommerceGeneralLibraryEducation.
  • Courses delivered through SWAYAM are available free of cost to the learners.
  • Students wanting certifications need to register and shall be offered a certificate on successful completion of the course, with a little fee.
  • At the end of each course, there will be an assessment of the student through proctored examination and the marks/grades secured in this exam could be transferred to the academic record of the students.


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