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Delhi University Explores Offering 20% Courses Through SWAYAM Portal

The Delhi University may provide up to 20% of its courses online through the Swayam portal.

A proposal in this respect will be presented to the Academic Council during its meeting on November 30.

According to the suggestion, universities may contemplate offering up to 20% of the total courses offered in a given program in an academic semester online.

According to the idea, this would enrich the institute’s teaching-learning process.

The proposal is expected to be opposed by a large majority of AC members who feel that employment generation at the university will be at risk amid the push for online learning, according to Maya John, assistant professor, Jesus Mary college.

“Almost 90 per cent of the Academic Council members will oppose this proposal as it is an anti-student and anti-teacher move. Classroom teaching is very important for many students who come from different backgrounds and this will also impact the need for teaching staff who will be substituted by online learning on Swayam,” she said.

The idea is consistent with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which intends to attain a 50% Gross Enrollment Ratio (GRE) in higher education by 2035 using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provided by the Swayam platform.

In June 2019, the Academic Council requested permission from the Executive Council for the implementation of the UGC (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWYAM) Regulations, 2016.

Earlier this year, the university’s Department of Commerce announced its ambition to deploy MOOCs produced by department faculty and generate course content based on university curriculum.

A Departmental Council meeting in February had decided and approved details regarding the title of the MOOC to be offered, its course coordinator, and credits to be assigned for the same.

Currently, Delhi University does not provide MOOCs via Swayam, a government platform that offers free online courses to students.

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Source: HT

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