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About the news:
The government has recently announced that from the 2021-22 academic session, students of 149 universities would be allowed to earn up to 40% of their required credits from among the over 800 online courses available on the Swayam platform.
About the announcement
- Students of 149 universities can now get 40% of university credits from e-courses available on the Swayam platform.
- The 149 universities include central universities like Jamia Millia Islamia, state universities like National Law University, Delhi and over 75 private and deemed universities.
- Once the student fulfils the total credits required, he or she will be granted the degree.
- Apart from this, the academic bank of credit (ABC) would also become functional from the forthcoming academic session. The ABC will be a repository of the credits earned by a student.
About the SWAYAM Courses:
- There are 846 online courses that will be offered by SWAYAM from the forthcoming semester.
- The courses are divided into seven categories
- Architecture and planning,
- Engineering and technology,
- humanities and arts,
- Management and commerce,
- Mathematics and sciences
- NPTEL domain (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning)
- Each category is further divided into small course modules, from which a student can choose and register and learn online.
- The National Testing Agency conducts exams twice a year at the end of each semester.
|Read more: SWAYAM portal|
The benefit of the credit transfer:
- This would give the much-needed flexibility to students as envisaged in the National Education Policy 2020.
- So far, a student used to get the experience of one university. But from now on, a student can learn multiple online courses under different universities.
- This will also boost the skill set among students as a university may not offer a particular skill that another might have.