The Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM. In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres have been identified which are tasked to prepare online training material with the focus on latest developments in the discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
It is an online interactive learning platform that provides, not only video lectures, reading the material but also assignments/quizzes that could end up in securing credits after completing the assessment system.
More than 400 Courses are available on SWAYAM covering all the engineering and non-engineering subjects at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
The UGC has already issued Regulation that allows transfer of credits earned through the courses done through SWAYAM into the academic record of the students.
It is now possible for the students and others to take courses of the prestigious IITs or IIMs without formally studying there.
The platform has been constructed by Microsoft with totally indigenous efforts.