Digital Initiative in Higher Education Through NMEICT
MHRD is responsible for the overall development of the basic infrastructure of the Higher Education sector, both in terms of policy and planning. Under a planned development process, the Department looks after the expansion of access and qualitative improvement in Higher Education, through world-class Universities, Colleges and other Institutions through various Digital initiatives in Higher Education.
To expand the Higher Education sector in all modes of delivery to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education to 15% by 2011-12 to 21% by 2016-17 and 30% by the year 2020.
However, the physical expansion of such facilities is fraught with both infrastructural and human resource limitations.
Fortunately, in the days of fast-expanding IT facilities, the technology can be leveraged to address these twin concerns of enhancing access and quality.
Heads up! You can also refer to other ICT topics based on the latest UGC NET Exam syllabus
- ICT: General abbreviations and terminology.
- Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing.
- Digital initiatives in higher education.
- ICT and Governance.
With a view to improving the quality of education using ICT and translating the power of IT into expanded learning opportunities, the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) was launched. Over the last 5 years, the NMEICT has made significant gains by developing IT interventions that have the potential to change the higher education scenario.
Over a period of time, NMEICT has made significant gains by developing IT interventions that have the potential to change the higher education scenario.
Below is the list of Digital Initiative in Higher Education launched & dedicated to the Nation in the field of Higher education
Top Digital Initiative in Higher Education
1Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds(SWAYAM)
SWAYAM is an indigenous (Made in India) IT Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Platform for providing the best quality education that can be accessed by anyone, anytime and anywhere using the IT system.
The Concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) involves the online delivery of interactive learning content to a large number of people simultaneously. It allows sharing of the best quality education with everyone, thereby bringing in equity as far as the quality of education is concerned.
- SWAYAM platform is developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with the help of Microsoft.
- Its ultimately capable of hosting 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning: covering school, undergraduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses.
- All the courses on this platform are interactive, prepared by the best teachers in the country and are available, free of cost to students in India.
- More than 1,000 specially chosen faculty and teachers from across the Country have participated in preparing these courses.
Not only this; In order to ensure best quality content are produced and delivered, Nine National Coordinators have been appointed: They are-
Courses under SWAYAM would be available in the following levels: For each level, there is a National Coordinator, who would be responsible for the quality of content:
- Out of School Children: for classes 9th to 12th (National Coordinator: National Open School Society)
- School children in classes 9th to 12th (National Coordinator: NCERT)
- Undergraduate (non-engineering) courses (National Coordinator: CEC)
- Postgraduate (non-engineering) courses (National Coordinator: UGC)
- Engineering Courses (National Coordinator: IIT Madras)
- Management Courses (National Coordinator: IIM Bangalore)
- Out-of-college students (National Coordinator: IGNOU)
- Teaching the teachers (National Coordinator: NITTER Chennai)
[Official Swayam website – https://swayam.gov.in/ ]
There are 4 quadrants in MOOC pedagogy:
- Video tutorials covering a whole course – normally having about 20 hours of instruction in a series of lectures, each lecture not exceeding 30 minutes.
- E-Content: reading material that could add to the learning imparted through the video tutorials.
- Self-Assessment: Quizzes/assignments that intersperse the course
- Discussion forum for posting queries
- All the courses delivered through SWAYAM are available free of cost to the learners, however, students wanting certifications shall be registered and shall be offered a certificate on successful completion of the course, with a little fee.
- 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. you can see the latest notification by UGC around this.
- However, at present, the Credits up to 20% of the total courses can only be earned in a Semester by such students through online learning delivered on the SWAYAM platform
- You can also download SWAYAM applications from popular app stores to help to pursue your course while you are on the move.
2SWAYAM Prabha: the 34 Educational DTH Channels
The SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 34 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on a 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite. Every day, there will be new content for at least (4) hours which would be repeated 5 more times a day, allowing the students to choose the time of their convenience. The channels are uplinked from BISAG, Gandhinagar.
The contents are provided by NPTEL, IITs, UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS. The INFLIBNET Centre maintains the web portal.
The DTH Channels cover: –
- Curriculum based course contents covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture etc. in higher education domain (all courses would be certification-ready in their detailed offering).
- School education (9-12 levels) modules; for teacher training as well as teaching and learning aids to children of India to help them understand the subjects better and also help them in better preparedness for competitive examinations for admissions to professional degree programmes.
- Curricula and courses that can meet the needs of life-long learners or Indian citizens in India and abroad.
- IIT-PAL – to assist the students in the Classes 11 and 12 aspiring to join IITs by encouraging scientific thinking and conceptual understanding critical to answer the ‘tough’ questions of JEE Advanced, so that good quality students enter the portals of IITs. The four channels under this would be on Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
The project was conceived and completed within 3 months with the active participation of the Bhaskaracharya Satellite Application Centre and Geo informatics (BISAG) Gandhinagar and ECIL Hyderabad.
[Official website- http://www.swayamprabha.gov.in/ ]
Mobile app- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bisag.introslider&hl=en_IN
3National Digital Library (NDL)
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.
The Project titled “Development of National Digital Library of India, Towards Building a National Asset” has been sanctioned to IIT, Kharagpur under NMEICT by MHRD.
NDL is the Single Window Platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources. It is a digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media.
NDL India is designed to hold content of any language and provides interface support for leading Indian languages. It is being arranged to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular form of access devices and differently-abled learners.
National Digital Library in India aims to collect, preserve and disseminate entire intellectual output of our country and provide online access from school level to post graduate level, including technical education.
The project aims to develop
- overall framework to collate large number of e-contents for school, college and higher education, e-content, virtual library, covering needs of learners with differing abilities
- Design & development of “OAI-PMH” Server for Metadata Harvesting, Indexed etc.
- Serve as a pan-India virtual teaching-learning-evaluation-knowledge platform and for key national asset and
- Collect resources from other Ministries such as Ministry of Culture, Health, Rural Development & Department of Science & Technology on this portal.
- Filtered and federated searching is employed to facilitate focused searching so that learners can find out the right resource with least effort and in minimum time.
More than 15 lakh students have registered themselves in the NDL. The NDL is available through a mobile app too.
4National Academic Depository
National Academic Depository (NAD) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India (MHRD) to facilitate digital itssuance, storage, access and verification of Academic Awards issued by Academic Institutions.
NAD is a Unique, Innovative and Progressive initiative under “Digital India” theme towards achieving Digital enablement of the Education Records. NAD aspires to make the vision of Digital Academic Certificates for every Indian a reality.
- This touches the lives of Indian youth and empowers them with Digital, Online, Trusted, Verifiable Certificates which are accessible in a secure manner at all times.
- NAD promises to do away with difficulties / inefficiencies of collecting, maintaining, and presenting physical paper certificates.
Based on the recommendation of an Expert Committee, the MHRD has formed e-ShodhSindhu merging three consortia initiatives, namely UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium, NLIST and INDEST-AICTE Consortium.
More than 15,000 international electronic journals and e-books are made available to all the higher educational institutions through the e shodh Sindhu initiative. This allows access to be best education resources in the world using digital mode.
The INFLIBNET, Gandhinagar, Gujarat is implementing the Scheme.
Official website –https://www.inflibnet.ac.in/ess/about.php
Physical distances and the lack of resources make us unable to perform experiments, especially when they involve sophisticated instruments. Also, good teachers are always a scarce resource. Web-based and video-based courses address the issue of teaching to some extent. Conducting joint experiments by two participating institutions and also sharing costly resources has always been a challenge.
With the present day internet and computer technologies the above limitations can no more hamper students and researchers in enhancing their skills and knowledge. Also, in a country such as ours, costly instruments and equipment need to be shared with fellow researchers to the extent possible.
Web enabled experiments can be designed for remote operation and viewing so as to enthuse the curiosity and innovation into students. This would help in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation.
Today most equipment has computer interface for control and data storage. It is possible to design good experiments around some of these equipment, which would enhance the learning of a student. Internet-based experimentation further permits use of resources – knowledge, software, and data available on the web, apart from encouraging skillful experiments being simultaneously performed at points separated in space (and possibly, time).
Virtual Lab does not require any additional infrastructural setup for conducting experiments at user premises. One computer terminal with broadband Internet connectivity is all that is needed to perform the experiments remotely.
Over 205 virtual labs in 9 Engineering & Science disciplines, comprising about 1515 experiments are operational and currently being accessed by more than 6 lakh students.
Official website- http://www.vlab.co.in/
An MHRD initiative under NMEICT Programme, named “e-Yantra” is implemented to incorporate Robotics into engineering education with the objective of engaging students through exciting hands-on application of mathematics, computer science, and engineering principles. Creation of robotic platforms has been very successfully demonstrated during Phase-I of the project. Presently, e-Yantra has been implemented in 100 colleges.
eYantra is creating skills by setting up lab infrastructure for project based learning and training teachers in these 100 engineering colleges.
Going ahead, MHRD sees the core skills developed by IITB as generating, distributing and analyzing content to further create manpower with practical skills.All the projects and code are available on the e-Yantra web-site www.eyantra.org as open source content.
The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) aims to leverage the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning process. The Mission also aims to provide 20 Broadband connections of 512 Kbps speed to over 25,000 colleges and 2000 polytechnics and optical fiber connectivity one Gbps to 419 universities/ university level institutions in the country which includes internet facility.
On the lines of ‘Digital India’ initiative of the PMO, the MHRD has now decided that the campuses of Universities, (having 1 Gbps bandwidth) shall be made WiFi enabled campus. Already all the IITs, IIMs, and NITs have established WiFi campuses.
The process of laying the optical fibre and provision of the WiFi in Central Universities is currently underway.
9Talk to a Teacher
Talk to a Teacher developed by IIT Bombay, is an initiative of the National Mission on Education through ICT, funded by MHRD to provide free access to a few selected graduate and postgraduate courses, taught at IIT Bombay by distinguished faculty members and scholars at large.
It uses A-View collaboration tool developed by Amrita University for providing virtual classrooms to the faculty across the country. These courses can be viewed absolutely free of charge at lower bandwidths on a personal computer/laptop having a headphone and Internet connection.
Registration is not required as it does not have any evaluation/certification process. The courses are recorded live in the classrooms of IIT Bombay and may not reflect entire content of the course.
Apart from the core courses in engineering and computer science disciplines, the program also covers Humanities & Social Sciences discipline. More than 80,000 teachers have been trained, so far, under this project, involving synchronous delivery of courses from IIT Mumbai & IIT Kharagpur.
10 Ask A Question
Ask A Question is a unique platform through which students from science and engineering colleges all over India can ask questions and faculty from IIT Bombay answers them. Students can ask questions either through an online forum or during an interactive live session. Interactive live sessions are held on every Thursday from 4:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M in the field of Electrical Engineering and every Friday from 4:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M in the field of Physics.
e-Acharya also called ‘Integrated e-Content Portal’ of NMEICT, is the official repository of NMEICT e-content and all content produced under NMEICT is being put at this Repository platform at INFILIBNET Centre Gandhinagar, so to apply basic tenets of preservation for digital content, implement standard Metadata schema of different types for the digital content and ensure their long-term availability.
All the Project Investigators awarded development of e-Content under NMEICT have been requested to ensure the deliverables are placed, at the earliest, in the Integrated Portal/e-Acharya of MHRD. Further the NCERT shall provide e-content Links to e-Acharya and the NOIS shall providing the content on HDD to the e-Acharya repository and both shall ensure that all the content including e-Books are made available on e-Acharya.
The eAcharya besides a repository of content shall also have the Metadata of all
these contents and it shall form a vertical of ‘National Digital Library’ (NDL), being implemented by the IIT Kharagpur.
The e-Acharya shall be backed by a robust 24X7 Data Centre, which shall be integrated with NMEICT, Cloud network, set up at NIC / NKN Data Centre by the lIT-Delhi and called ‘Baadal’. The MOOCs being produced under NMEICT shall also be uploaded on e-Acharya.
Another MHRD/ NMEICT initiative named “e-Kalpa” creating Digital-Learning Environment for Design in India has successfully demonstrated the achievement of the following project objectives, on completion of its phase-I:
- Digital online content for learning Design with e-Learning programs on Design
- Digital Design Resource Database including the craft sector
- Social networking for Higher Learning with collaborative Learning Space for Design
- Design inputs for products of National Mission in Education through ICT
As on December 2015, the content of e-Kalpa website named “D’source” includes 160 Courses on Design Learning in different domains, more than 400 Resources in the form of fine examples of Design and crafts, 110 Case studies of Design Projects undertaken by professionals and design students, 50 Video lectures and presentations by subjects experts and 600 examples of a visual Gallery that has documented works of the rich tradition of art and design seen across different regions of India.
13The Free and Open Source Software for Education (FOSSEE)
FOSSEE project sanctioned to IIT Bombay has been promoting use of open source software in educational institutions (http://fossee.in). It does through instructional material, such as spoken tutorials, documentation, such as textbook companions, awareness programmes, such as conferences, training workshops, and Internships. Textbook Companion (TBC) is a collection of code for solved examples of standard textbooks.
About 2,000 college students and teachers have participated in this activity & close to 1,000 TBCs have been created in Scilab and Python alone.
FOSSEE has made all the TBCs open source and has made them available for free download. Scilab and Python TBCs are also on the cloud, so that one needs only a browser to access/execute the codes of TBC.
OSSEE is promoting the well-established open source software: OpenFOAM, an alternative to the proprietary software Fluent for computational fluid dynamics; DWSIM, an alternative to the proprietary software Aspen Plus, for chemical process simulation.
FOSSEE has also undertaken several new open source software activities as well: raising Scilab toolboxes to that of Matlab; development of eSim, an electronic design automation software, an alternative to ORCAD; development of Sandhi, a software for data acquisition and control, an alternative to LabVIEW.
The FOSSEE team works on open source hardware projects, such as Open PLC and Arduino as well. Through all of these projects, a large number of students across the country have been trained.
The ‘Information and Library Network’ (INFLIBNET) Centre took the initiative called “Vidwan: Expert Database and National Researcher’s Network” with the financial support from NMEICT.
The objectives of VIDWAN is to
- collect academic and research profiles of scientists, faculty and research scientists working in leading academic and R&D organizations in India and abroad;
- quickly and conveniently provide information about experts to peers, prospective collaborators, funding agencies, policy makers and research scholars in the country;
- establish communication directly with the experts who possess the expertise needed by research scholars;
- identify peer reviewers for review of articles and research proposals; and
- create information exchanges and networking opportunities among scientist.
The database can be used for selection of panels of experts for various committees and taskforces established by the Ministries / Govt. establishments for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Further, the availability of single point expert database will help the policy makers and funding agencies in decision-making and policy intervention. As on 31st December 2015, the database contains more than 17,500 profiles of experts from 2,000 leading academic institutions, universities, R&D organizations including IITs, CSIR, DRDO, etc
Spoken Tutorial is a multi-award winning educational content portal. Here one can learn various Free and Open Source Software all by oneself. Our self-paced, multi-lingual courses ensure that anybody with a computer and a desire for learning, can learn from any place, at any time and in a language of their choice
The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of the ‘Talk to a Teacher’ activity of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India.
Spoken Tutorial Forums is a friendly online discussion forum. You can join existing discussions or start new topics, and get lots of replies from the Spoken Tutorial community. Registration to Forums is completely free and takes only one minute.
Forums is very easy to use, even for computer newbies. It’s very easy to format forum posts with fonts, colors, and many other options. You can attach files to your posts directly from your computer.
16Central cloud Infrastructure
Central cloud Infrastructure: The MHRD under NMEICT has awarded a project to IIT Delhi, to set up a robust 24X7 backed Data Centre and the activities have been put up at NIC / NKN Data Centre, and the cloud is called ‘Baadal’. The IIT Delhi cloud is hosting e-content and video content of e-Acharya.
17National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a system that ranks educational institutions in India based on various parameters, such as teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practice, outreach and inclusivity, and perception. The rankings are released every year by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and have become a benchmark for students, parents, and institutions to assess the quality of education provided by various institutions.
The NIRF ranking system was introduced by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, in 2015 with the aim of promoting excellence in higher education in India. The rankings are based on a set of parameters that are broadly categorized into five heads: teaching, learning and resources, research and professional practice, outreach and inclusivity, and perception.
The NIRF ranking system is a robust and transparent framework that is designed to assess the quality of education provided by various institutions in India. The ranking system is based on a set of parameters that are assigned different weightages, based on their importance. The parameters are:
- Teaching, Learning, and Resources (TLR) – This parameter assesses the quality of teaching and learning in the institution, as well as the availability of resources, such as library facilities, laboratory facilities, and IT infrastructure.
- Research and Professional Practice (RP) – This parameter assesses the quality and quantity of research carried out by the institution, as well as the professional practice of the faculty members.
- Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) – This parameter assesses the extent to which the institution is able to reach out to the wider community, as well as its efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity.
- Perception (PR) – This parameter assesses the perception of the institution among its peers, employers, and the general public.
Once the parameters have been assigned weights, the institutions are ranked based on their overall score. The score is calculated by adding up the scores obtained by the institution in each of the parameters.
Read More – MoE, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) (nirfindia.org)
18Global Initiative of Academic Networks
GIAN stands for the Global Initiative of Academic Networks, which is an initiative of the Government of India that aims to bring together international and national scholars to share their knowledge and expertise in various areas. The primary objective of GIAN is to improve the quality of higher education in India by facilitating interaction between foreign and Indian faculty members and promoting the exchange of ideas and information.
GIAN offers a platform for Indian institutions to invite globally renowned experts to deliver lectures, conduct workshops, and collaborate on research projects. The initiative is open to all academic disciplines and covers both science and humanities fields.
Some of the key features of GIAN are:
- Inviting International Faculty: Indian institutions can invite international experts to share their knowledge and expertise with Indian students and faculty members.
- Facilitating Collaboration: GIAN facilitates collaboration between Indian and international faculty members on research projects and other academic initiatives.
- Promoting Interdisciplinary Research: GIAN encourages interdisciplinary research by facilitating interactions between experts from different fields.
- Supporting Capacity Building: GIAN supports the capacity building by providing training and other resources to Indian faculty members.
- Fostering Innovation: GIAN aims to foster innovation in higher education by promoting new ideas and approaches to teaching and research.
Read More – Global Initiative of Academic Networks GIAN) (iitkgp.ac.in)
RUSA stands for the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, which is a centrally sponsored scheme launched by the Government of India to improve the quality of higher education in the country. The primary objective of RUSA is to increase the gross enrolment ratio (GER) in higher education and improve the overall quality of higher education institutions (HEIs) in India.
RUSA provides financial assistance to states and union territories for the development of HEIs. Some of the key components of RUSA are:
- Infrastructure Development: RUSA provides funding for the creation of new infrastructure, including the construction of buildings, libraries, laboratories, and other facilities.
- Faculty Development: RUSA provides funding for faculty development programs, including training programs, workshops, and seminars.
- Research and Innovation: RUSA provides funding for research and innovation initiatives, including the establishment of research centres, incubation centres, and technology parks.
- Equity Initiatives: RUSA promotes equity in higher education by providing funding for initiatives that aim to increase access to higher education for disadvantaged and marginalized communities.
- Quality Improvement: RUSA provides funding for initiatives that aim to improve the quality of higher education institutions, including accreditation and assessment programs.
Read More – RUSA – Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan
20Impactful Policy Research in Manufacturing and Technology
IMPRINT stands for Impactful Policy Research in Manufacturing and Technology, which is a government initiative launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The primary objective of IMPRINT is to promote research and innovation in priority areas of manufacturing and technology, in order to address the challenges faced by the country and improve the quality of life of its citizens.
IMPRINT is a collaborative effort between the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), and aims to foster partnerships between academia, industry, and government in order to promote cutting-edge research and development.
Some of the key features of IMPRINT are:
- Research Priorities: IMPRINT identifies priority areas of research in manufacturing and technology, based on national development goals and societal needs.
- Collaborative Research: IMPRINT promotes collaborative research between academia, industry, and government in order to foster innovation and drive progress.
- Funding: IMPRINT provides funding for research projects in priority areas of manufacturing and technology.
- Training and Capacity Building: IMPRINT supports training and capacity-building initiatives for researchers and students in order to enhance their skills and expertise.
- Impact Assessment: IMPRINT conducts impact assessment studies to evaluate the effectiveness of research projects and their potential for societal impact.
21Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of the Government of India (TEQIP)
The Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) is a government initiative launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The primary objective of TEQIP is to improve the quality of technical education in India, with a focus on enhancing the quality and relevance of engineering and technology education.
TEQIP is a comprehensive programme that seeks to address the key challenges faced by the technical education system in India, such as outdated curriculum, inadequate infrastructure, and a shortage of qualified faculty. The programme aims to achieve its objectives through a range of activities, including curriculum development, faculty development, infrastructure development, and institutional reforms.
Some of the key features of TEQIP are:
- Institutional Development: TEQIP supports the development of institutions by providing funding for infrastructure development, faculty recruitment and training, curriculum development, and institutional reforms.
- Faculty Development: TEQIP supports the development of faculty by providing funding for training programmes, conferences, and workshops, as well as for research and publication.
- Curriculum Development: TEQIP supports the development of modern and relevant curricula in engineering and technology, in order to improve the quality and relevance of technical education.
- Industry-Academia Collaboration: TEQIP promotes collaboration between industry and academia, in order to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry needs.
- Quality Assurance: TEQIP supports the development of quality assurance systems in technical institutions, in order to ensure that they meet the required standards of quality and excellence.
22National Internship Portal
The National Internship Portal is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India, aimed at facilitating the placement of students and graduates in various organizations across the country. The portal provides a platform for students to find suitable internships, while also enabling employers to find talented and qualified interns.
The National Internship Portal offers a range of features and services to students, graduates, and employers, including:
- Search for Internships: The portal allows students to search for internships based on their qualifications, interests, and preferred location.
- Apply for Internships: Students can apply for internships directly through the portal by submitting their resume and other required documents.
- Post Internship Opportunities: Employers can post their internship opportunities on the portal and receive applications from interested students.
- Track Applications: Students can track the status of their internship applications and receive updates on their application status.
- Feedback and Rating: The portal allows both employers and students to provide feedback and rating on their internship experience, which can help improve the quality of internships and benefit future applicants.
Read More – AICTE Internship Enterprise Portal – Learning by doing. 1 Crore Internships by 2025 (aicte-india.org)
23National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT)
The National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to promote the use of technology in education and enhance the employability of students. NEAT aims to provide a one-stop platform for students to access quality learning resources, get training in emerging technologies and connect with potential employers.
Under the NEAT initiative, the Ministry of Education has collaborated with leading technology companies and startups to offer a wide range of online courses, certification programs, and internship opportunities to students across India. The NEAT portal provides access to more than 2,000 courses in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Science, and Cybersecurity.
Some of the key features of the NEAT initiative are:
- Free Access to Courses: All courses offered under the NEAT initiative are available to students for free. This makes it easier for students from all backgrounds to access quality learning resources and upskill themselves in emerging technologies.
- Certification Programs: NEAT offers certification programs in collaboration with leading technology companies and startups. These programs are designed to enhance the employability of students and help them acquire the skills required to succeed in the job market.
- Internship Opportunities: NEAT provides access to internship opportunities with leading companies in the technology sector. These internships offer students a chance to gain practical experience and apply the skills they have learned in real-world scenarios.
- Industry Connect: NEAT provides students with opportunities to connect with potential employers and showcase their skills. This helps students to build their professional network and increase their chances of getting placed in top companies.
Read more – NEAT (aicte-india.org)
IRINS is a web-based Research Information Management (RIM) service provided by the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. The purpose of IRINS is to help researchers and institutions manage their research output and promote their research activities.
IRINS provides a comprehensive platform for researchers to manage their research profiles, track their publications and citations, and showcase their research activities. The platform also allows institutions to monitor the research output of their faculty members, track research funding, and assess the impact of their research activities.
Some of the key features of IRINS are:
- Research Profiles: Researchers can create and manage their research profiles on IRINS, which include information about their education, work experience, publications, and other research activities.
- Publication Management: IRINS allows researchers to manage their publications, including uploading full-text articles, tracking citations, and generating citation reports.
- Collaboration: IRINS provides tools for researchers to collaborate with other researchers and institutions, including creating research groups and sharing research data.
- Funding Management: Institutions can use IRINS to manage research funding, including tracking grants, managing budgets, and generating financial reports.
- Analytics: IRINS provides analytics tools to assess the impact of research activities, including generating citation reports and tracking the usage of research outputs.
Read more – IRINS
“ShodhShuddhi” is a platform provided by the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. The platform provides access to Plagiarism Detection Software (PDS) to all universities and institutions in India, allowing them to detect and prevent plagiarism in academic research.
ShodhShuddhi is a web-based platform that offers a range of plagiarism detection tools, including text-matching algorithms and machine learning models, to identify instances of plagiarism in research documents. The platform also provides users with a plagiarism report that highlights the degree of similarity between the original document and the suspected plagiarized content.
Some of the key features of ShodhShuddhi are:
- User-Friendly Interface: ShodhShuddhi is designed with a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for users to upload and check their research documents for plagiarism.
- Multiple Language Support: The platform supports multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and other regional languages, making it accessible to researchers from different parts of India.
- Customizable Settings: Users can customize the settings of the plagiarism detection tool based on their specific needs, including setting exclusion rules for certain phrases and citations.
- Collaboration: ShodhShuddhi allows users to collaborate with other researchers and institutions, including sharing research data and collaborating on research projects.
- Data Security: ShodhShuddhi ensures the security of user data by using encryption and other security protocols to protect sensitive information.
Read more – ShodhShuddhi | Enhancing Research Quality (inflibnet.ac.in)
26Academic Bank of Credits (ABC)
The Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) is a digital platform introduced by the Government of India under the aegis of the Ministry of Education. The platform was launched in 2019 as part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and is designed to provide a seamless and transparent credit transfer system for higher education in India.
ABC works as a repository of academic credits earned by students throughout their higher education journey. Under this system, students can accumulate credits for every course or subject they complete, irrespective of the institution they are enrolled in. These credits are then stored in their individual ABC accounts, which can be accessed by both students and institutions.
The key features of the ABC system are:
- Credit Accumulation: Students can accumulate credits for every course or subject they complete, and these credits are stored in their ABC accounts.
- Credit Transfer: Students can transfer their credits earned from one institution to another, which allows for seamless mobility and transferability of credits.
- Credit Banking: The ABC system allows for the banking of credits earned by students, which means that students can accumulate credits over a period of time and use them towards the completion of their degree program.
- Credit Redemption: Students can redeem their accumulated credits towards the completion of their degree program, which helps to reduce the time and cost of completing a degree.
- Digital Records: The ABC system maintains digital records of all credits earned by students, which ensures transparency and helps to eliminate fraudulent activities.
Read more – ABC | Academic Bank of Credits
The India Digital Initiative in Higher Education has the potential to revolutionize the way education is delivered in the country. By leveraging the power of technology, the initiative can help bridge the gap between urban and rural areas, make education more affordable and accessible, and enhance the quality of higher education in the country.
27Some frequently asked questions about the India Digital Initiative in Higher Education are:
Who can benefit from the India Digital Initiative?
The India Digital Initiative is aimed at all students and teachers in higher education institutions across the country.
Are the resources provided under the initiative free of cost?
Yes, most of the resources provided under the initiative are available for free.
How can students access the resources provided under the initiative?
The resources can be accessed through various digital platforms, including SWAYAM, NDLI, and the Virtual Labs portal.
What is the benefit of using the resources provided under the initiative?
The resources provided under the initiative can help students enhance their knowledge and skills, access quality education, and prepare for their future careers.
What are the key features of the Digital Initiatives in Higher Education?
The key features of the Digital Initiative in Higher Education are as follows:
Use of technology in teaching and learning
Creation of virtual classrooms and online courses
Development of e-learning materials
Provision of online assessment and certification
Integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the education sector
What are the challenges faced by the Digital Initiative in Higher Education?
The challenges faced by the Digital Initiative in Higher Education are as follows:
Lack of access to technology in remote areas
Limited internet connectivity in some areas
Resistance to change among some educators and students
Lack of training and awareness among educators and students on how to use technology effectively
How can educators and students prepare for the Digital Initiative in Higher Education?
Educators and students can prepare for the Digital Initiative in Higher Education by:
Learning how to use technology effectively
Developing digital literacy skills
Participating in training programs and workshops on the use of technology in education
Embracing the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
In conclusion, the India Digital Initiative in Higher Education is a crucial program launched by the Government of India to promote the use of digital technology in education. The initiative has the potential to transform higher education in the country, making it more accessible, affordable, and inclusive. Students and teachers in higher education institutions across the country should take advantage of the resources provided under the initiative to enhance their knowledge and skills and prepare for their future careers.
The Digital Initiative in Higher Education is a program with great potential to transform the education sector in India. However, it comes with its own set of challenges. By addressing these challenges and by preparing educators and students for the use of technology in education, we can ensure that the program is a success and that it provides quality education to all.