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SWAYAM Plus explained: How India’s new platform aims to boost employability


SWAYAM Plus explained: How India's new platform aims to boost employability

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan during the launch of SWAYAM Plus platform on Tuesday.

New Delhi:

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday unveiled the SWAYAM Plus platform. It is designed to deliver programs focused on enhancing employability and professional development through partnerships with leading industry players such as L&T, Microsoft and Cisco.

Operated by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, this platform aims to extend training opportunities to traditional students and working professionals, aligning with the provisions of the NEP 2020 for entry and graduation points. flexible output in education.

By enabling individuals to balance work and studies through online courses, SWAYAM Plus enables them to enhance their skills and career prospects, thereby contributing to India’s knowledge economy.

Objectives and functionalities

Improved employability: SWAYAM Plus enables individuals to balance work and studies through online courses, thereby improving their skills and career prospects.

Industrial partnerships: Courses are tailored to industry requirements in collaboration with industry leaders.

Main characteristics: Multilingual content, AI guidance, credit recognition, and job pathways are important features.

Implementation and scope

SWAYAM Plus aims to offer high-quality credit-recognized courses, reaching learners across the country, particularly in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and rural areas.

Value-added services

Value-added services such as mentoring, scholarships and internships will be provided, creating a digital ecosystem for upskilling and reskilling at all levels of education.

SWAYAM, launched in 2017, had enrolled 72 lakh learners by 2023. Now, as per NEP 2020, SWAYAM Plus will incorporate courses tailored to industry requirements, developed in collaboration with industry leaders such as L&T, Microsoft and CISCO.

The Minister highlighted the focus on creating a professional and career development ecosystem involving various stakeholders such as learners, course providers, industry, academia and strategic partners.

“Higher education is no longer just for conventional students but is now also open to working people. The flexible entry and exit point allocation of NEP 2020 allows people to pursue their studies at their own pace. This idea is reflected in SWAYAM Plus, a platform for working professionals to manage their work-study balance through a wide range of online courses,” he said.

Higher Education Secretary K Sanjay Murthy highlighted the need for inputs from industry leaders and subject matter experts to offer certified courses across different verticals, with content available in 12 major Indian languages.


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