The courses available on these e-learning platforms can be availed by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Coronavirus pandemic has shaken the entire nation and the education sector is one of the worst hit during this impending crisis. Colleges and universities have been shut for almost five months now to curb the spread of the virus. This is a major setback for students and teachers who can no longer access learning resources through the traditional model of education.
To overcome this crisis, the Government of India has taken several ICT (Information Communication Technology) initiatives through the Ministry of Education and UGC (University Grant Commission) to launch free electronic learning or e-learning platforms for students.
These online platforms are available for students, researchers, learners, and teachers where they can interact with each other in a classroom setting. These courses are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and contain live online lectures, course contents, quizzes, online tests, and multimedia presentations to make them more interesting for students.
Here is a list of 8 top e-learning platforms launched by the Government of India and the Ministry of HRD.
Top 8 Government eLearning Platforms
1. SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds)
SWAYAM was launched on 9th July 2017 by the Ministry of Education. It is an initiative under the “Digital India” campaign undertaken by the Government of India in 2015. The platform has been designed to impart quality education to school students, undergraduate, as well as post-graduate students in India. The portal offers free printable and downloadable study materials, video lectures, discussion forums, and online tests from over 1600 courses. After successful completion of the course, students can get a certificate in exchange for a token 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. The Swayam portal is accredited by:
DIKSHA, an initiative taken by the Ministry of Education was launched in September 2017 to facilitate advanced digital learning for teachers from classes 1 to 12. The digital portal has been mainly designed for teacher education but is also available for students who want to connect to the teacher’s community. DIKSHA offers training courses, worksheets, lesson videos, curriculum, and assessment tests for teachers.
One of the unique features of this platform is the QR code which can be scanned to gain access to a plethora of learning materials and eBooks. More than 80,000 eBooks are available for class 12th students in multiple languages. Android and the iOS users can download the application from the Google Play Store and iOS app store. Web users can visit and register at the official website at disha.gov.in.
3. e-PG Pathshala
e-PG Pathshala is an online portal for postgraduate courses started by the Ministry of Education under NME-ICT (National Mission on Education through ICT) and the UGC. Under this initiative, over 700 e-books in over 68 postgraduate courses will be available for free for students.
The online portal is loaded with high-quality text contents, illustrations, videos, tutorials, documents, PDFs, etc. There are three quadrants under e-PG Pathshala module namely:
e-Adhyayan consists of e-books and video contents.
MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) UGC courses offered under the SWAYAM portal.
e-Pathya offers offline and distance-learning courses for postgraduate students.
4. Swayam Prabha
Swayam Prabha was conceptualized by the Ministry of Education that consists of a collection of 32 DTH channels that will telecast educational contents 24x7 for students across India. Each day, the channel will telecast a new content of 4-hours duration. The content will be shown 5 times a day so that students can select the time and watch the programs at their convenience.
Contents are available for class 12th, UG, and PG students. Detailed courses are offered through SWAYAM on multiple disciplines as well as MOOCs courses. Students can visit www.swayamprabha.gov.in for details regarding the free installation of a set-top box and other information.
5. National Digital Library of India (NDLI)
The National Digital Library (NDLI) developed under NME-ICT by the Ministry of Education through NME-ICT is a virtual repository consisting of academic contents in multiple disciplines from school to post graduation level. It is an all-purpose platform designed for students of all ages, teachers, learners, researchers, librarians, professionals, and other users.
The online platform is available 24x7 in more than 70 Indian languages. A wide variety of learning resources are available including eBooks, videos, thesis, manuscripts, documents, and many more. For the web version, users can visit https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in/ and also download the android application from Google Play Store.
e-ShodhSindhu jointly planned by the Ministry of Education and the Government of India is a digital library providing access to e-resources like journals, eBooks, factual, bibliographies, citations, etc. for higher education.
All academic institutions like central and state universities and colleges can avail of the services. For registration, simply log on to https://ess.inflibnet.ac.in/oes or you can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)
NPTEL is another project funded by the Government of India and Ministry of Education. It was a collective initiative taken by the Institute of Science, Bangalore, and 7 other IIT institutes (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Roorkee, Madras).
The online repository offers various courses in engineering, science, social sciences, and humanities. There are no course fees, however, certification exams will cost an INR 1000 per candidate. For further details, you can visit the online web portal at http://nptel.ac.in.
8. Virtual Labs
Virtual Labs is a digital consortium founded by the Government of India in association with the Ministry of Education under the NME-ICT initiation. The main idea is to provide remote access to virtual laboratories for students from science and engineering streams from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
This consortium is conducted by IIT Delhi and has around 12 participating institutes. The project consists of more than 700 web experiments and lab facilities under the supervision of experienced faculties.
eLearning is expanding its horizon and provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers, researchers, and knowledge aspirants to collaborate and share their knowledge and learning resources under a common platform.
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