UGC will launch a portal for online courses

The University Grants Commission, in collaboration with MeiTY, will launch a portal to offer digital undergraduate and postgraduate courses in eight languages ​​for the benefit of rural students

The University Grants Commission, in collaboration with MeiTY, will launch a portal to offer digital undergraduate and postgraduate courses in eight languages ​​for the benefit of rural students

On Friday, the University Grants Commission will launch a portal to offer undergraduate and postgraduate digital courses. The UGC collaborates for this purpose with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

The Commission will integrate its electronic resources with the Department’s Common Service Centers (CSCs) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).

UGC Chairman Mr Jagadesh Kumar said the commission has recently partnered with MeitY not only “to make last mile connectivity a possibility” but also to ensure that students can access content in regional languages ​​in addition to English.

More than five lakh CSCs and SPVs are operating across the country. They are run by entrepreneurs at the village level to deliver e-governance services to people’s doorsteps.

UGC leverages this internet connectivity to offer 137 Swayam MOOC courses and 23,000 PG courses in 25 subjects. They include artificial intelligence; academic writing; corporate law, cybersecurity and digital library.

The courses will be available in eight languages ​​including Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada in addition to English.

“The courses will be available on a single portal. It is being launched as part of the second anniversary of the National Education Policy 2020. Students can access all these courses immediately through CSCs/SPVs across the country or on their own devices with internet connectivity,” said Mr. Kumar.

Although the courses are offered free of charge, students will have to pay a service fee of ₹20 per day or ₹500 per month for using the CSC/SVP. The money would be used to reimburse village entrepreneurs who run the centers and the cost of infrastructure, Mr Kumar said.

Karen O. Fielding