By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist BEngaluru : UGC need to go beyond its swam platform of moocs .University Grants Commission, the apex higher education regulator, sources said, has agreed to factor in scores achieved in official online courses towards total marks scored and transfer credits for them -- a move that will mainstream online courses and increase their acceptability and credibility in the Indian higher education system. It will also allow students across institutions in India to take up courses which may not be available at their institute and also win credit for the .. University Grants Commission, the apex higher education regulator, sources said, has agreed to factor in scores achieved in official online courses towards total marks scored and transfer credits for them -- a move that will mainstream online courses and increase their acceptability and credibility in the Indian higher education system. A special set of regulations -- UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016 -- have been formulated under Section 26 of the UGC Act.
UGC is not a failure but dismantle it and make and constitute make new entity reshaping UGC as National Higher Education Commission to deal with emerging diverse complexities of hiher education and make use ofMoocs as national and internationalresource of modern education and make them as part of curriculums and on completions of recognized moocs courses award the degrees as blended education systems as recently Georgia State University announced that it will start to review MOOCs for credit much like it reviews courses students have taken at other institutions, or exams they have taken to demonstrate competency in certain areas. . The former UGC chairperson Hari Gautam and first committee set up by HRD minister Smriti Z Irani to review the working of the University Grants Commission cannot belittle UGC by saying that regulatorhas "failed to fulfill its mandate. UGC has done most commendable job since independence or earlier.UGC can be replaced by another body to deal with emerging diverse complexities that is different issue.
The former UGC chairperson Hari Gautam and first committee was set up by former HRD minister Smriti Z Irani to review the working of the University Grants Commission has stolen the idea of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India who had recommended setting up of National Higher Education Commission through an act of Parliament. Wherefore claim of this committee that they are the people who are suggesting setting up of National Higher Education Authority first time is nothing but Plagiary. For this HRD Minister should censure them and initiate action on them as this is an insult to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India.One of the first committee set up by HRD minister to review the working of the University Grants Commission has said that the regulator not only has "failed to fulfill its mandate but also has not been able to deal with emerging diverse complexities. Headed by former UGC chairperson Hari Gautam, the committee has said any "reshaping or restructuring" of UGC "will be a futile" exercise and so will be amending the UGC Act. Therefore, it has recommended setting up of National Higher Education Authority through an act of Parliament. It has also prepared a draft of the bill but said that till the time such a body is set up, HRD ministry can bring about many changes through executive order.
Exam Reforms: Universities must change: Indian Universities must adopt open book examinations system as prevailed in USA and other developed countries as our Universities test memory capacity of students and not the knowledge or wisdom of students.Union Government and UGC need to debate on online education with DEB outsourced labs before finalizing national policy and regulations on distance education . Higher education today is undergoing a radical change, posing new age challenges to universities and NAAC should rise to the challenges and face it head on and solve the issues of standardization of online distance learning. Instead of colleges only Labs needs to be outsourced as computer is class room , computer lab, play ground for online gaming ,library ,research center ,online mentoring ,online chat ,video conferencing and face to face onlineOnline government are possible and run then why not online education with live teachers and outsourced labs online examinations and online evaluation and results and entire management of University with University management systems and UGC can manage it on real time basis on dash board every day and every minute for all Universities and research centers .UGC should formulate new education policy on online education with outsourced Research Labs with Lab Instructors /Teachers and specially trained online professors.Complete digital transformation with outsourced Labs and Excellence in technology that enhances teaching, learning and research and outsourced Labs is present and future of Digital Universities Education..Time is ripe .Educators need to adopt the technologies to impart education. Online education clubbed with outsourced Lab are the future of education .You agree or agree not to agree. This is a reality written on the walls on universities .Entire teaching and learning revolve around minds Getting and sustaining their attention and interest holds the key to success in this tricky process.Teaching and learning can be tech enabled. Smartphone's tablets desktops laptops computers have become class rooms Library laboratories and research centers and playgrounds and virtually become everything..Sakai is a vibrant, international community that collaborates to create technology that enhances teaching, learning and research. Member organizations include large universities and small colleges, K-12 systems, hospitals, government organizations, research societies and political parties. In 2004, four leading U.S. universities, together with Jasig, the parent organization of the uPortal portal framework, began a collaboration to combine and synchronize their assorted learning software into a collection of integrated, open source tools.