New Delhi: University Grants Commission has urged universities and colleges to adopt 124 SWAYAM Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as credit courses for the July 2020 semester. Later, the students can appear for the exams to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and get their credits transferred. This will make up for the loss induced due to the lockdowns.
Currently, there are 82 UG and 42 PG MOOCs courses approved by the SWAYAM Board, which are ready to be offered in the July 2020 semester.
Secretary, UGC, Rajnish Jain, in a letter to heads of higher education wrote that “In the prevailing COVID-19 scenario, universities and colleges are encouraged to make the optimum use of the SWAYAM online platform for the benefit of the students.”
The SWAYAM Examination for July 2020 semester will be conducted by the NTA for UG and PG courses on November 14 and 15, 2020 wherein around 25 lakh students or learners have already been enrolled for the January semester 2020 of SWAYAM.
The step to advance SWAYAM MOOCs courses has been taken keeping in mind the extensive lockdowns and loss of time incurred by students with the shutting down of institutions.