Swayam- Massive Online Open Courses to offer 2000 online courses to boost learning
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 06-Feb-2017

New Delhi, February 6: The Central Board of Secondary Education till date has conducted the examinations but to reduce the load a specialized agency named as “National Testing Agency” may conduct entrance exam for admission. This move aims to lessen the burden from CBSE as conducting examination for different levels.The National Testing Agency will conduct examinations for the aspirants who wish to enter into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), other engineering colleges and UGC-NET. The new platform will be launched in the next month to offer up to 2,000 courses online, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said. Also the revised structure will soon be presented, said the official in a statement.

Embeded Object

He also said that the National Testing Agency (NTA), announced in the Union budget, may conduct various exams currently held by an “overburdened” CBSE. It is not the task of the CBSE to conduct these exams, the minister added.

This new move will also help to cut down the burden from the IITs and AICTE institutions. The National Testing Agency may also free up IITs and AICTE that currently conduct exams for admission to engineering colleges in India. “The outline of the agency’s structure will be prepared shortly,” officials said.

Embeded ObjectJavadekar said that the government will launch the ‘Swayam- Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCS)’ platform in the next month where 2,000 new courses will be offered online. He said the ‘Massive Online Open Courses’ platform is for “anytime and anywhere learning” and credit framework for it is being developed. An awareness programme for Swayam and DTH channels will be prepared to make them more acceptable to stakeholders, officials said. They said MOOCS will be blended with open and distance learning (ODL) system for better communication and learning structures as a platform of the future.