Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Arun Jaitley proposes IT for education, more skill centres

Students may see an increased presence of online courses at institutes of higher learning with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday proposing to harness information technology for learning purposes. Presenting the Union Budget 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley charted out schemes aimed at enriching youths, and expressed his design to "leverage information technology through the 'Swayam' platform with at least 350 online courses".

The access to these Massive Open Online Courses (Moocs) will be widened through Direct-to-Home (DTH) channels dedicated to education, Jaitley said.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is already in the process of asking colleges to submit the list of all such online courses being offered at their institutes.

With an aim to unburden educational boards and bodies of some of their loads, Jaitley proposed to establish a 'National Testing Agency' which would conduct all entrance exams for higher education on their behalf.

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