The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and University Grants Commission (UGC) are collaborating to launch an e-resource portal for rural India students. A notice was released on the official website of UGC that stated that the portal will be providing digital courses to millions of rural students.
This collaboration celebrates the 2-year celebration of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. The UGC e-resources portal will be merged with the Ministry of Electronics and IT’s Common Service Centres. This would be one step forward towards achieving the goal of accessibility laid down in NEP 2020.
The portal will have 25 SWAYAM PG Non-Engineering MOOC’s, available in 8 regional languages—Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bangla, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Gujarati. Apart from this, students will also have access to the e-PG Pathshala e-content, created for 67 PG subjects. Other courses available online in the portal are 135 PG and 243 UG SWAYAM MOOCs in the top emerging fields. Students can access these courses created and curated by UGC on their official website.
The official notice stated that the aim of introducing courses in regional languages is to instill confidence among the students from poor, tribal, and rural backgrounds. Thanks to the translated courses, students will be able to have the flexibility to learn in their native tongue. Universities can also use these courses to provide a hybrid learning mode for the students.