In the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is away for the G20 summit in Hamburg, President Pranab Mukherjee will launch the projects, including Swayam - an indigenously designed massive open online course (MOOC), and Swayam Prabha - a project for telecasting "high-quality educational programmes" through 32 DTH channels.
Underlining the need for making quality study material available in regional languages, he said pupils studying in regional mediums in schools found it hard when material for higher education was in an alien language. "The channels will cover curriculum-based course content covering arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences, engineering, medicine, law, agriculture, etc". The program will also likely rope in foreign teachers for some courses.
At the end of each course, there will be an assessment of the students through proctored examination and the marks/grades secured in this examination will be transferred to the academic record of the students.
Through Swayam, government plans to offer 2,000 courses in one year through the online platform. The courses offered are from school to post-graduate level.
The program also provides certification.
The aim of this wonderful platform is to take the best teaching-learning resources to all, bridge the digital gap for students who have so far remained away from the digital revolution and were unable to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy. The certificate will be provided for a "nominal fee" as per the Swayam website.
"The future of higher education in the country is dependent on the esteemed participants of this convention". Students will also have the opportunity to ask the questions in real time which will be answered by the subject experts.
The program will make available quality teachers to pupils and multi-language study material including in regional languages to get them started quickly.
Swayam Prabha will tap into the potential of Direct-to-Home Service wherein a person can install the dish antenna for about Rs 1,500 and have access to 32 digital educational channels run by the HRD ministry. "ICT solutions offer an interactive learning experience through which students in remote parts of the country can benefit from lectures of the top teachers", he said.