UGC will offer free educational content for UG, PG courses

To commemorate the second anniversary of the National Education Policy 2020, the University Grants Commission will launch a platform on Friday where its digital educational content for UG and PG courses will be freely available to everyone.

More than 23,000 postgraduate courses and 137 massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the government portal Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) in emerging fields, as well as 25 non-technical courses, will be available in eight languages.

The platform will be launched with the help of the Ministry of IT.

Courses will be available on academic writing, artificial intelligence, biomolecules, biostatistics, corporate law, cybersecurity, food microbiology, corporate law, urban planning, human rights, legal intellectual property and animation, among others.

Students can access these courses at any of the 5 lakh common service centers for Rs 500 per month, although there is no charge to access them through the portal.

UGC President, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, said the portal will be launched on July 29 to commemorate the second anniversary of the NEP.

“As part of its efforts to make higher education accessible to all, UGC works continuously to provide students with digital resources in English and regional languages. To make last-mile connectivity a possibility, UGC recently partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to integrate UGC’s e-resources with their Common Service Centers (CSC) and their Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Centers. ” Kumar said.

The CSC and SPV centers, which have computers and internet connection, are managed and operated by local entrepreneurs who earn their living by providing online services.

There are nearly 2.5 lakh CSC/SPV centers operating in the Gram Panchayats and over 5 lakh CSC/SPV centers functioning across the country.

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