NPTEL SWAYAM LOCAL CHAPTER (No. 3340)
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free Web-based distance learning program that is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students. India’s SWAYAM is the fourth largest MOOC provider in the world. One of the peculiar features that distinguish SWAYAM from other MOOC providers around the world is that if a candidate wants SWAYAM certificate he/she should register for the final proctored exam by paying a fee of Rs. 1000; moreover, the minimum age limit for enrolment through SWAYAM and appearing for the exam is 13 (one-three) years. This online platform is one of the major gateways of knowledge in addition to distance learning offered by UGC recognized Indian universities through the recognition of Distance Education Bureau.
National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD launched in 2013 initiated by seven Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. NPTEL is one of the coordinators of SWAYAM. It is one of the largest online repositories in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences.
SWAYAM is a Hindi acronym that stands for "Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds'' is an Indian Massive open online course (MOOC) platform. SWAYAM is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under Digital India to give a coordinated stage and free entry to web courses, covering all advanced education, High School and skill sector courses. It was launched on 9th July 2017 by the Honorable President of India. SWAYAM is India’s national MOOC platform and is the fourth largest MOOC provider in the world. According to Prof. Andrew Thankaraj, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras & National Coordinator, NPTEL, SWAYAM, “NPTEL in particular from 2014 did more than 2000 courses. More than 84 lakh enrolments have happened in these courses. More than 8.7 lakh students have written the exam and, out of this 8.7 lakh, more than 5 lakh have actually earned the certificate”. The current SWAYAM platform is developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and NPTEL, IIT Madras with the help of Google Inc. and Persistent Systems Ltd.
The SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes on a 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite. All the courses of SWAYAM are broadcasted through these 32 DTH channels.
ANNUAL REFRESHER PROGRAMME IN TEACHING (ARPIT) THROUGH SWAYAM
The MHRD has launched online ARPIT on 13th November 2018, a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakhs higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM. In the first instance, National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted ARPIT Test on 30th March 2019 in 66 disciplines. Currently, 48 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified by MHRD, wherein Course Coordinators have prepared online training material, with a focus on the latest developments in the discipline. ARPIT is going to be an ongoing exercise so that every year NRCs will continuously develop a new refresher module in their earmarked discipline and the training material will be uploaded and made available through SWAYAM.
UGC has notified equivalence of ARPIT as a refresher course for career advancement of faculty (DO Letter No. F.2-16/2002(PS) Pt.fI.II dated 3rd December 2018). During September 2019 till January 2020, the second batch of 1,46,214 ARPIT Candidates, have taken up the Online SWAYAM MOOCs Courses.
UGC & AICTE REGULATIONS ON CREDIT TRANSFER
UGC has issued the UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016 advising the Universities to identify courses where credits can be transferred on to the academic record of the students for courses done on SWAYAM. AICTE has also issued a gazette notification in 2016 and subsequently for the adoption of these courses for credit transfer.