University of Mysore has become the first in Karnataka to offer ‘Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) platform. The post-graduate students of the University have the option of choosing 44 subjects under UGC-MOOCs SWAYAM between July and November this year.
SWAYAM was adopted at the University of Mysore Post-Graduate Centres on Manasagangotri campus in Mysuru, Hemagangotri campus in Hassan and Mandya PG Centre to provide students quality education at their fingertips through the platform.
SWAYAM is a MHRD initiative launched under Digital India Movement. UGC-MOOCs, a vertical of SWAYAM, was launched to develop and make available MOOCs to learners all over the country. The MOOCs, which are based on Information and Communication Technology, will have courses from the best academicians in the country from AIIMS, IISc, JNU, National Law Schools and various other top universities in the country, said Registrar Lingaraj Gandhi.
He said the University has been identified as a nodal centre for the SWAYAM platform, thanks to its infrastructure, especially a fully-equipped studio at the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) on Manasagangotri campus. Incidentally, the EMMRC had developed e-content for MOOC course in sericulture and geography.
About 580 students had enrolled in 18 subjects and 163 students appeared for UGC-MOOCs’ SWAYAM course examination held in January this year. Out of them, 113 students – 69.32 per cent – passed the examination by securing 40 and above percentage and performance of the university was above the national average of 50 per cent, he explained.
A student of M.Sc in Microbiology, Maithili Sriram, secured 87 per cent marks in SWAYAM examination in Food Microbiology and Food Safety. The SWAYAM – Digital Learning Monitoring Cell at the University of Mysore has incorporated all 113 students’ credit earned through SWAYAM courses to their PG marks cards, the Registrar said in a release here.
In the current phase, these courses will be made available to the affiliated colleges of the University as well where PG courses are taught. The students will have the option of choosing a subject under SWAYAM which will be made available to them through MOOCs. These courses will be out of the box unlike regular classroom teaching.
Prof. Gandhi said steps had been taken to popularise the courses and highlight their usefulness. Efforts will be made to educate the colleges and the faculty on MOOC courses and tell them to encourage PG students to take up the courses. “We are in the third cycle of this programme and we hope to bring more students into the platform.”
The University of Mysore is planning to launch Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) at its Academic Staff College here. It aims to empower teaching faculty, and is a one-week course where teachers can write the exam online.
PG course in Yogic Sciences from this year
The University of Mysore is introducing a course in yogic sciences from this academic year. The title of the course is M.Sc in Yogic Sciences and there is no age limit to pursue it.
Candidates holding any degree can join the course after producing a medical fitness certificate. However, they have to clear the entrance examination which will be conducted as per the university guidelines, to get a seat.
The total intake of seats is 35 – 25 under ‘Scheme A’ and 15 in ‘Scheme B’. The course will be conducted in the building of Department of Law. The fee structure will be as per the general science courses.
A six-member committee headed by Madialagan, Dean, Faculty in Education and Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Mysore, had been constituted and it has finalised the syllabus. The course will have seven faculty.