President Pranab Mukherjee has launched two programmes to take education to remote corners of the country with the help of technology.
Mukherjee also launched a ‘National Academic Depository’ where verified educational records would be digitally stored by universities.
The programmes Swayam and Swayam Prabha and depository were executed by the ministry of HR department.
Under Swayam courses offered through digital class rooms with free online study materials in videos.
The Swayam website says registered students will be given a certificate after completion of the course.
They would have the opportunity to raise queries which would be answered in real time, Minister of HRD Prakash Javadekar said.
Students would be assessed through proctored examination and the marks secured in this exam would be transferred to their academic record.
Under Swayam Prabha , a person can install a dish antenna for about Rs 1,500 and gets 32 digital educational channels run by the HRD Ministry.
Everyday there would be new content which repeats five times a day. Students can choose the time according to their convenience.
The course content would cover almost every aspect of education in various fields .
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said he had always emphasised on the “quality” of teaching and learning process in higher educational institutions.
He said mere physical expansion might provide access but without physical infrastructure and quality teachers, “the talent which is hidden in the young minds would not get the opportunity to blossom”.