The HRD Ministry is mulling launching its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform ‘Swayam’ that will host over 2,000 courses for up to 3 crore students across the country on August 15.
“The preparations for the project are on in full swing. The project has the capacity to revolutionise the education system. It is expected to be launched by the prime minister on August 15,” a source in the ministry said.
SWAYAM is an Information Technology platform which will host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and provide high quality education on various subjects from school level–class 9-12 to Under Graduate and Post Graduate students — covering all disciplines.
Through this scheme the ministry has proposed to provide high quality e-content to all colleges and universities free of cost.
The HRD Ministry has roped in Microsoft as the technology partner for this venture.
“When completed, it would bring in interactive eContent on MOOCs format of more than 2.5 lakh hours which would make it the world’s biggest repository of interactive electronic learning resource under a single window,” officials said.