The courses available on these government eLearning platforms will used by undergraduate and graduate students.
The coronavirus pandemic has rocked the entire nation and the education sector is one of the hardest hit during this looming crisis. Colleges and universities have been closed to help slow the spread of the virus. This is a serious setback for students and teachers who no longer have access to learning resources via the traditional educational model.
To overcome this crisis, the Indian government, through the Ministry of Education and the UGC (University Grants Commission), has taken various ICT (Information and Communication Technology) initiatives to create free e-learning or e-learning platforms for these online platforms for students, researchers, students and teachers where they can interact with each other in a classroom.
These courses are available to undergraduate and graduate students and include live online lectures, content courses, quizzes, online quizzes, and multimedia presentations to make them more engaging for students.
Here is a list of the top 5 e-learning platforms launched by the Government of India and the HRD Ministry.
1. SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds)
SWAYAM launched on July 9, 2017, by the Ministry of Education. It is an initiative of the “Digital India” campaign carried out in 2015 by the Indian government. The platform designed to provide high-quality education to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in India. The portal offers study materials, video presentations, discussion forums, and online tests for free printing and downloading. After completing the course, students can acquire a certificate for a small fee.
Students can access the web version at https://swayam.gov.in or download the mobile application from Google Play Store or AppStore. Registration at Swayam is quite simple. You can simply register through a valid email ID or Facebook or Google plus account.
It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education. It launched in September 2017 to provide advanced digital learning to teachers in grades 1 through 12. DIKSHA offers training courses, worksheets, lesson videos, curricula, and placement tests for teachers.
One of the unique features of this platform is the QR code. It can be scanned for access to a wide variety of study materials and e-books. More than 80,000 e-books in several languages are available for 12th-grade students. Android and iOS users can download the app from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. Website users can visit the official website at https://diksha.gov.in/ and register.
3. e-PG Pathshala
ePG Pathshala is an online portal for graduate courses. It is initiated by the Ministry of Education as part of NMEICT and UGC. More than 700 e-books and 68 graduate courses available to students free of charge. The online portal filled with high-quality text content, illustrations, videos, tutorials, documents, PDF, etc.
Web users can visit the official website at https://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/
4. National Digital Library of India (NDLI)
The National Digital Library (NDLI), developed as part of NMEICT by the Ministry of Education through NMEICT, is a virtual repository of academic content in various disciplines from school to graduate degrees. It is a multi-purpose platform for students of all ages, teachers, and students, researchers, librarians, professionals, and other users. The online platform is available around the clock in more than 70 Indian languages. A wide variety of learning resources are available including e-books, videos, theses, manuscripts, documents, and more.
For the web version, users can visit https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in/ and also download the android application from Google Play Store.
5. National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)
NPTEL is another project for students. It funded by the Government of India and the Ministry of Education. It was a joint initiative of the Bangalore Institute of Sciences and 7 other IIT institutes (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Roorkee, and Madras). The online repository offers various courses of study in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. There are no course fees, however, certification exams cost INR 1000 per candidate.
For further details, you can visit the online web portal at https://nptel.ac.in/