President unveils online education portal

President Pranab Mukherjee recently launched the SWAYAM – Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds – and SWAYAM Prabha platforms which offer digital classrooms at school, college and university levels with the help of internet and satellite connectivity to the remotest corners in the country, reports The Indian Express.

The system allows for the transfer of credits that a college student earns from a course directly into their academic records and provides courses of vocational nature and for those who want to study while continuing with their jobs. All courses are free in SWAYAM and the fee is only for issuing of a certificate.

In the initial phase, courses will be offered by Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Guwahati and Delhi, the Indira Gandhi National Open University, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institutes of Management Bangalore and Calcutta, the Indian Institute of Science, and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.
Full report on The Indian Express site