SWAYAM- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) The online SWAYAM (Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds) platform is an ambitious plan of CEC of developing and delivery of Massive Open Online Courses for Under Graduate students. This technology enabled education module makes it easier for the billion plus population to access quality education in the form of MOOCs. It is also congruent to the present government’s dream of ‘Digital India’, of which digital education is an important aspect. All the courses designed for SWAYAM platform are interactive and prepared by the best of subject experts in the country and available free of cost to the learners. The courses uploaded on SWAYAM are available in four quadrants – (1) video lecture, (2) specially prepared reading material that can be downloaded/printed (3) self-assessment tests through tests and quizzes and (4) an online discussion forum for clearing the doubts. At the end of each course, there will be an assessment of the student through proctored examination and the marks/grades secured in this exam could be transferred to the academic record of the students. UGC has already issued the UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016 advising the Universities to identify courses where credits can be transferred on to the academic record of the students for courses done on SWAYAM.

The students can register for courses on https://swayam.gov.in/ The EMRC, Gujarat University has been given the responsibility to develop MOOCs (Massive Open Online courses) which are available on SWAYAM web portal. SWAYAM is a MHRD e- learning initiative with the aim to reach to the wider audience/students. Under this project, various Universities in the country have been given responsibility to develop MOOCs. EMRC, Gujarat University is the forerunner in first four players in the development of MOOCs. EMRC has already developed twenty two MOOCs on Science and Business Economics, varying from 2 to 4-credit course for Undergraduate level. These courses have been developed by renowned Academic professionals of the respective subject area. A few of these courses have already been uploaded on Swayam portal and are running successfully online. 50 more proposals for developing MOOCs on Commerce, Science, Mass Communication and Education have been submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). EMRC, Ahmedabad has developed twenty two MOOCs for online credits. (1) Cell Biology (4 Credits) (2) Developmental Biology (2 Credits)

SWAYAM PRABHA DTH CHANNEL 07 The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), GOI has conceived the project of SWAYAM Prabha to run 32 DTH (Direct to home television) channels using GSAT15 transponders that telecast high quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis. DTH is already operating these 32 channels since 15th of August, 2016, daily six hours of fresh content which is repeated three times a day, allowing the student to choose the time of his convenience. Each channel is allotted a dedicated UG/PG subject together with a subject coordinator who handles the respective subject for the channel and also identifies Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the channel. These SMEs are expert teachers in the said subject with experience and reputation and also should have excellent communication abilities and screen presence. EMRC Gujarat University, is allotted Swayam Prabha DTH Channel 07, which broadcasts programs for UG and PG courses in Business Economics, Commerce, Financial Accounting & Economics. The students can watch this channel on Dish TV, ‘Channel No.2007’ and DD (DTH). The programme schedule can be viewed from http://www.swayamprabha.gov.in/index.php/feedback.