“These initiatives will increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 (2015-16) to 30 by 2020,” said a ministry of human resource development (MHRD) official.
The official said the government had invited vice-chancellors and directors of IITs, IIMs, and IISc on Saturday to hold discussion on the University Grant Commission (UGC) regulation for online education and devise an action plan for promoting digital financial literacy in higher education.
The official said the Swayam programme would target those students who could not complete their studies and professional who wished to upgrade their knowledge. Swayam, however, would not run courses such as engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, and physiotherapy.
“The modalities on granting degrees to students undertaking online courses is still under deliberation,” the official added.
According to the MHRD, the students registered with recognised institutes would have the option of earning online credit through programme running on the platform.
Through Swayam Prabha, the government would air new content of four hours every day. It would be repeated six times a day.
“The content would be mainly for students from Class IX to XII and those who are preparing for admission into IITs,” the official said.