The exams slated on September 15 and 16 for several courses at SWAYAM portal including undergraduate, postgraduate, non-technical, working professionals among others have been deferred. According to the latest notice by UGC, these examinations would now be conducted on September 29 and 30.
“All universities are requested to factor in revised SWAYAM exam dates while scheduling their respective university exams,” the notice stated.
The revised admit cards for these exams were released on September 12 at the official portal at swayam.gov.in. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will hold the exams in a proctored mode in the country.
Last month UGC had doubled the academic credit limit for online courses to 40%. This states that a student can choose subjects relevant to his or her course online using the SWAYAM platform and gain credits for it. Attending these courses would be equivalent to attending physical lectures in a class, according to the norms.
SWAYAM has over 1900 courses which, as per UGC have been accessed by 50,000 learners.
The UGC has also requested to academicians to develop more courses for students to be available at the SWAYAM platform.
In the first phase, it is proposed to develop 171 undergraduate level MOOC courses in six subjects – history, political science, commerce, sociology, public administration, and anthropology. The UGC asked higher education institutes and academicians in the country to develop “high quality” MOOCs in these areas which can be “comparable to international standards.”
Thus, this year more emphasis is being given to online courses due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.