New Delhi, March 31, 2021: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked varsities to adopt India’s National Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the SWAYAM platform for the benefit of the students. In simple words, guidelines have been issued for Online courses by UGC universities on SWAYAM.
Online courses by UGC universities
The guidelines have been issued regarding online courses by UGC universities on SWAYAM.
UGC allows universities to offer up to 40% of the courses online. However, earlier it allowed only up to 20% of the courses.
UGC’s new regulations called ‘Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds Regulations, 2021’ will allow universities across the country to offer 40 percent of all courses in a programme online via the SWAYAM platform.
Online courses by UGC universities on SWAYAM platform
Given the new guidelines issues regarding online courses by UGC universities, on SWAYAM, it has allowed universities to offer up to 40% of the courses online.
The University Grants Commission as National Coordinator for Non-Technology PG Courses developed 145 MOOCs and offered 208 MOOCs (some have been re-run) on the SWAYAM Platform.
In a letter, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said, “The University Grants Commission (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Regulations,202l have been notified in the Gazette of India, which now facilitates an institution to allow upto 40% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses offered through SWAYAM Platform.”
Online credit courses
The list of SWAYAM based online credit courses for the ensuing semester shall be notified on the SWAYAM platform before November 1 for the January semester and before June 1 for July semester, every year.
The Commission said, “Every higher education institution shall within four weeks from the date of publication of these regulations in the official Gazette make the necessary amendments, as may be required, in their statutes, ordinances, rules, and regulations to adopt and incorporate the provisions of these regulations for seamless integration through SWAYAM based online courses.”
It also added, “No university shall refuse any student for credit mobility of courses earned through SWAYAM platform.”
Online semester end examination shall be the preferred mode provided that the course-coordinator shall be authorised to decide on the mode of conducting the final examination, either through online mode or pen and paper mode and this shall be announced in the overview of the course at the time of offering of the course, the notification said.
Over the last year, the students in the country have gotten used to the online way of learning in view of the Covid-19 lockdown and closure of schools.
This new directive by UGC will help students follow a blended model of education in the future.