HRD min­istry plans 1 lakh re­mu­ner­a­tion for fac­ulty mem­bers in each course

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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..

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