Online degrees soon to be recognised in India, 15% universities likely to set up such courses

India will allow 15 percent of its universities to offer degrees online, excluding engineering and medicine, according to a report in Mint. This will be the first time India will be allowing universities to offer degrees, i.e., undergraduate and postgraduate courses to be taken up online.  The norms of these degrees are in the process of getting formulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is likely to be out within a month. Although online degrees have existed in India, many a time the UGC has termed it to be an invalid…

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How to make massive open online courses more effective?

While MOOCs attracts and connects millions of learners from different parts of world, in India there are many private organizations that provide MOOCs for both free and a minimum charge. The government of India in 2014 introduced a platform ‘Swayam’ to make ‘distance learning online education’ accessible to a larger audience, especially the most disadvantaged. The objective of the initiative was to achieve three principles of the education policy, access, equity and quality. The success of MOOCs depends on several factors-self motivation of the individual, internet penetration, infrastructure accessibility, evaluation…

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