HRD ministry plans 1 lakh remuneration for faculty members in each course
New Delhi: India’s much-awaited free top-level online courses are set to be backed with intellectual property rights (IPR) to ensure exclusivity and that web portal SWAYAM is built as a global brand, sources in the HRD ministry said.
To ensure that top quality teaching material and course modules come up on SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) and the best of teachers are brought in, the Centre has also decided to significantly incentivise the faculty that will contribute any massive open online course (MOOC) to the platform. It has been recommended that each contributing faculty member be given a remuneration of ₹ 1 lakh per course, reliable sources in the HRD ministry told ET.
India’s foray into the world of MOOCs had started with edX, a global online learning platform founded by a group of MIT scientists including Mangalore-born Anant Agarwal, when IIT Bombay tied up for at least two courses on the platform during the UPA regime. The Narendra Modi government is keen to develop SWAYAM a successful brand and, according to sources, Agarwal had met the prime minister on the issue earlier this month. While SWAYAM was originally envisaged as an open source and free online learning platform to allow students even in remotest locations access to top quality teaching material, classes and modules from near 120 from the IITs. The National Institute of Open Schooling, NPTEL, CBSE, NCERT, and various other organisations, too, are preparing courses for SWAYAM.
Each course comes as a package, complete with virtual classroom sessions, direct interaction with the said faculty through customised WhatsApp groups and group mail systems, teaching-learning material and sufficient opportunity for direct engagement between students and teachers.
The courses will also be accessible through mobile devices and be supported email and SMS alert systems, keeping in mind the modern day student..