New Delhi: The examinations for several courses at the SWAYAM portal including undergraduate, postgraduate, non-technical, working professionals among others have been postponed. They have been rescheduled to be conducted on September 29 and 30 as per the latest notice by University Grants Commission (UGC).
They were earlier scheduled for September 15 and 16. According to an Indian Express report, the UGC has further asked academicians to develop more courses for students to be available at the SWAYAM platform. In the first phase, it is proposed to develop 171 undergraduate level MOOC courses in six subjects – history, political science, commerce, sociology, public administration, and anthropology. More emphasis is being given to online courses because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
UGC had last month doubled the academic credit limit for online courses to 40 percent. This means a student can pick subjects relevant to his or her course online using the SWAYAM platform and gain credits for it.
Attending these courses will be equivalent to attending physical lectures in a class, as per the norms. SWAYAM has over 1900 courses which, as per UGC have been accessed by 50,000 learners.