The government has identified 75 institutions to act as National Resource Centres (NRCs) to prepare online training material for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with focus on latest developments in new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres have been identified under Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) located in Central universities, IISc, IUCAA, IITs, IISERs, NITs, state universities; UGC’s Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs), National Institutes for Technical Teachers Training (NITTTRs), IIITs, open universities. These NRCs cover wide range disciplines of social sciences, sciences, engineering and technology, design & manufacturing, humanities, language teaching, commerce, management, education planning and administration, public Policy, leadership & governance, library & information science, astronomy & astrophysics, assessment and evaluation, pedagogy and research methods, cutting edge areas of nano-sciences, Internet of Things, etc.
Under the initiative, all in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority have an enabling opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines through the technology based online refresher course, through SWAYAM, India’s own MOOCs platform, a HRD Ministry statement said.
This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.