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Swayam Free Online Courses 2019

Swayam -The Indian e-Learning Platform
WHAT IS SWAYAM?
SWAYAM stands for “Study Webs of Active – Learning for Young Aspiring Minds”. 
SWAYAM is governed by the MooC guidelines published by MHRD  (Revised on 1st June 2017). Holistic MOOC Platform to enable online and free of cost learning Courses from various streams of education disciplines with 40 hours of  lecture in each. Strong online presence providing an industry best user experience to all the stakeholders.
As per ‘Digital India’ Initiative, MHRD has initiated to develop & make available ‘Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)’ to the learners through out the country. The Ministry of HRD, has accordingly embarked on a major and new initiative called ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM), which will provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses, using information and communication technology (ICT) and covering all higher education subjects and skill sector courses to ensure that the every student in our country has access to the best quality higher education at the affordable cost.
SWAYAM is initiated by Government of India, to take best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged.
The three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality shall be achieved by providing high quality e-content to all learners in the country through SWAYAM. Courses delivered through SWAYAM are available free of cost to the learners, are delivered by best of the teaching fraternity.
MHRD has constituted, National MOOCs Coordinators (NMCs), numbering 8 that have been entrusted as under with the responsibilities to ensure MOOCs are developed & deliv­ered in various disciplines and ultimately subjects are covered fully.
The NMCs are University Grants Commission (UGC), contributing to ‘Non Engineering Post Graduation Degree Programme; IIT Madras and other groups of NPTEL, contributing to Technical / Engineering UG & PG degree programme; Consortium for Education Com­munication (CEC), contributing to Non Technology Under Graduation degree programme; Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), contributing to Diploma and Certificates Programme; NCERT, contributing to School Education from 9th to 12th; National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS); Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, contributing to Management Programme, & other IIMs and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR), contributing to Teacher Training Programme.

The Subject Matter Experts (chosen by the NMCs) have been hosting courses, taught in class­rooms from 9th class till post-graduation in a number of disciplines that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time. In this process academicians from hundreds of institutions through out the country are involved in developing & delivering MOOCs through SWAYAM in almost all disciplines from senior schooling to Post Graduation wherein it is intended to develop world class content.
The MHRD has developed a detailed “MOOCs Guidelines, 2017”and funding for development & delivery of MOOCs is being provided by MHRD through institutions.

The courses hosted on SWAYAM are developed in 4 quadrants.
Development of SWAYAM Platform has been entrusted to ‘All India Institute of Technical Education (AICTE)’ in March 2016, for in-house development, accordingly, the High qual­ity IT Platform has been developed by the Microsoft. With additional features, the Phase-II, SWAYAM is operational w.e.f 27th June 2017. The Pllatform is intended to host about 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning material, within 2-3 years, on SWAYAM: covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses. The AICTE is also hosting the entire content on ‘SWAYAM Cloud’, which is expected to grow and support about 3 Crore users with 10 lakh concurrent connections, in a few years.

The Online Courses delivered on SWAYAM, are going to reduce the digital divide. It shall, turn out to be a disruptive technology and change the present business model of higher ed­ucation. Since the MOOCs on SWAYAM is integrated with conventional education, it shall bring-in tremendous learning opportunity in coming days and shall prove a game changer in the Indian education sector.
  
SWAYAM’S APPROACH
Four quadrant approach:
Quadrant-I is e-Tutorial; which shall contain: Video and Audio Content in  an organized form, Animation, Simulations, video demonstrations, Virtual  Labs, etc, along with the transcription of the video.
Quadrant-II is e-Content; which shall contain; self instructional material, e-  Books, illustrations, case studies, presentations etc, and also contain Web  Resources such as further references, Related Links, Open source Content  on Internet, Video, Case Studies, books including e-books, research  papers & journals, Anecdotal information, Historical development of the  subject, Articles, etc.
Quadrant-III is the Discussion forum for raising of doubts and clarifying  them on a near real time basis by the Course Coordinator or his team.
Quadrant-IV is Assessment, which shall contain; Problems and Solutions,  which could be in the form of Multiple Choice Questions, Fill in the blanks,  Matching Questions, Short Answer Questions, Long Answer Questions,  Quizzes, Assignments and solutions, Discussion forum topics and setting up  the FAQs, Clarifications on general misconceptions.

Role of Swayam
SWAYAM SCHEDULE
Phase 1
          Approximately 200 courses
          10 lakh students
          2 languages
          Registration of students
          Registration of PIs
          Course creation and enrollment
          Basic insights
          Language- Hindi and
          English
          Android and iOS apps
Phase 2
          Additional courses
          15 million students
          6 languages
          Online payments for exams
          Hall ticket
          Mark sheets
          Course credits &  certificates
          SWAYAM analytics/ Dashboards
          4 more Languages
          Windows app
Phase 3
          Additional courses
          30 million students
          10 languages
          Enhanced SWAYAM platform
          Admin Flows
          Course credits transfer
          Reports

National Coordinators on Swayam portal:
For More Please Visit:  https://swayam.gov.in

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