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Open online courses: A welcome step in Indian education system

India has officially jumped the carrier online courses open with the government announcing Swayam, an initiative that aims to provide quality education affordable to citizens for free.

The movement is not welcome in India, which battles to poor infrastructure and qualified teachers in higher education, the model also has the potential to democratize higher education, experts afirmen.MOOCs or massive open online courses is a system designed for unlimited participation and open access by the web. This is not always quantify how formal education but provides a platform to study courses for institutions offering them, usually for free.

The government announced the program as part of the initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in his first 100 days in office with the goal of reaching 10 million students.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the initiative was carried out light has expressed concerns about the quality and affordability of education. He also said that it has provided a version Indianised students.

Welcoming the initiative, experts say that the availability of the model was a "great asset" for motivated students.

"Mooca have the potential to become a platform for teaching / learning with universities accrediting competition (degrees) and provide the opportunity to network and develop other skills. In this scenario are as Mooca textbooks "TV Prabhakar, professor, department of computer science and engineering at IIT Kanpur, told IANS.

Pushkar (name), a professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Science in Pilani bits describing Mooca to have the "potential to democratize higher education," said India offers young people a platform to be obtained education "Despite the higher education system has failed the nation."

However, he added that indigenous youth and their parents are more interested in degrees in education surroundings.

"So long as you can get a degree after doing some Mooca is good," Pushkar told IANS.

In an event held recently in higher education, Irani had said: "Recognizing the need for quality and affordable education, the government has launched a platform Indianised version of Mooca ..."

She said that, all the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), central universities, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and selected the best schools and institutions of India provide degrees and postgraduate courses free of charge to all Indians.

He added that those seeking a degree or certification can sit an exam for a nominal cost at that particular institution.

In the first phase Swayam (study the learning-active websites for aspiring young minds) IIT-Bombay, IIT - Chennai -IIT Kanpur, IIT-Guwahati, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and IIM Bangalore, between others alone, and with the help of teachers from a foreign university will offer courses in areas of management, social sciences, basic sciences, engineering and energy education.

Explaining the benefits, Richard C. Levin, CEO of Coursera, a comprehensive online education, said his lead is "versatile".

"For example, Mooca recognized educational programs are renowned educational institutions, including Harvard and MIT class secure learning institutions globally accepted and recognized, and there is flexibility in the structure of learning time.

"Overall, Mooca are seen as the future of higher education. India can also benefit from" education online as Indians are hungry learners skills to help them get a job or go to school / university, "Leven told IANS.

He said that the increase in IT in India has fueled significant demand for online courses among the population seeking knowledge, adding that India is the largest market outside the US Coursera.

But Mooca accredited as a substitute for university education?

"I think so over time, as technology becomes more readily available. Now, the way organized much of Mooca is that there is a platform where you can create content and create conferences (and you) can choose which vol. But it's only a matter of time before a lot of these conferences are gonna get organized in which a university has to offer.

"In this sense, some universities have started offering online courses" Vineet Gupta, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University Ashoka, Sonepar, terry said, adding that he was to see if they wanted to use universities as a way Mooca replace or university teaching in the classroom.

According to Prabhakar, while Mooca make good courses, good teachers available to students, "we make sure that these courses reach the remote parts of India. Otherwise, we will create another form of digital divide."

Sundar Balasubramaniam, dean, academic and resource planning,

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