IITs & IISc jointly offer 500 online courses on SWAYAM for students & working professionals

IITs & IISc jointly offer 500 online courses on SWAYAM for students & working professionals

Indian Institute of Technology, IITs & Indian Institute of Science, IISc has come together and offered 500 online courses on the SWAYAM platform for students and working professionals. National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning, NPTEL, a joint initiative by IITs & IISc has opened enrolment for these online certification courses across India.

These courses are being offered completely free of cost by NPTEL. There is a nominal fee charged towards the in-person proctored exam for the certification. Certification is optional. Students can join these courses through the website of SWAYAM. Some of the popular courses include Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms using Python, Basic Electrical Circuits, Engineering Thermodynamics, Health Research Fundamentals, and Constitutional Studies.

The NPTEL is a joint initiative of IITs and IISc and certification courses are offered through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) format. Learners must-watch videos online, submit assignments on a weekly basis, and register for an in-person final exam which is invigilated. More than 1.2 crore learners have joined NPTEL courses to date.

Prof Prathap Haridoss, Coordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “NPTEL has been working towards bringing in an industry perspective to its technically rich courses and started partnering with companies through NPTEL Industry-Associate initiative. Companies can partner with NPTEL and use NPTEL courses to train their freshers, cross-skill, and up-skill their existing workforce.”

Learners spanning ages from 13 to 86 years can take up NPTEL Certification. SWAYAM-NPTEL currently works closely with more than 4,000 colleges in engineering, arts, commerce, science, and management disciplines across the country. As part of the soft skills training, NPTEL conducts employability assessments, online mock interviews, online interactive sessions, and live video sessions and gives personalized feedback to the students on areas for improvement in the context of employment.

Andrew Thangaraj, the Coordinator, SWAYAM-NPTEL-IIT Madras, said, “In order to streamline the efforts of learners and to guide them to obtain expertise in an area, NPTEL has initiated the idea of ‘Domain Certification.’ A domain comprises a set of core and elective NPTEL courses. Those who complete a domain (specified core courses + elective courses) with an average score of 60 will get a domain certificate from NPTEL. There are no additional charges/ fees involved in obtaining domain certification. There are 44 domains across 12 disciplines available now and more are in the pipeline.”

Courtesy: TimesNowNews

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