India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 15, 2019 which will allow Afghan students and faculty members to access Swayam, India’s online education platform.
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the platform will help in providing better educational facilities to the students of neighbouring country. MOU confirms that the Indian ministry will train the faculty and students in Afghanistan’s educational Institutions for using the Swayam platform and it will also build capacity for e-learning among the faculty members.
The assistance to upload and publish existing courses developed by Afghan educational institutions on Swayam will be given by India. Also, various Indian facilities such as the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) and virtual labs will be accessible to their Higher Educational Institutions.
Reportedly, the plan is to also conduct joint educational programmes between higher educational institutions of India and Afghanistan which will encourage sharing of the curriculum.
“The ties between India and Afghanistan would grow further with this collaboration. It would expose them to the latest technology courses and also upskill them in areas of their interest,” R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD stated at the event.