To help SWAYAM— systematic online learning initiated by the government where around 2000 courses are available– sustain and thrive, government is speculating to monetize the courses to maintain the continuum of learning during lockdown. Schools will be asked to pay 15% of the fee from students to make the courses accessible. The educational content is available without any charge on government’s dedicated learning platforms. Previously, in a letter to vice-chancellors of universities, Rajnish Jain, UGC Secretary appealed, “In the prevailing Covid-19 scenario, universities and colleges are encouraged to make the optimum use of the SWAYAM online platform for the benefit of students.”
The move is indispensable to help SWAYAM provide quality support to schools and universities alike. UGC has given official consent to the suggestion as confirmed by a member associated with the development and planning.
“The commission ratified…decision of the Swayam board to ask each recognised for offering programs on Swayam portal, to pay 15% of the fees collected from the students to the Swayam scheme…and to request Swayam board to make it cost-effective platform for HEIs (higher educational institutions), read the UGC meeting.
The government scheme will collect the 15% fee from schools and universities who are accessing the digital portal that was made available from July 2020.
“Going forward education will be a mix of online and offline mode. The government through top institutions is creating hundreds of courses and it has a cost. A portion of the money that universities charge their students should come to the scheme to make it a viable proposition in the long run,” explained the concerned official.