Coronavirus lockdown: Web traffic on SWAYAM, other edu portals triples

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 3 April 2020

Web traffic on the national online education platform ‘SWAYAM’ and other digital initiatives offered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has seen a massive jump in the last seven days.

PUNE: Web traffic on the national online education platform ‘SWAYAM’ and other digital initiatives offered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) have seen a massive jump in the last seven days.

The ministry stated that the online hits have tripled as people are looking to utilise their time productively since the 21-day lockdown was imposed in the country.

About 50,000 people have accessed these online platforms since March 23. This is in addition to the 25 lakh students/learners who are already enrolled in the 571 courses of the January 2020 semester of SWAYAM, stated HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

He has also appealed to the students to take advantage of these platforms and put their valuable time to excellent and optimum use.

Pokhriyal said that they witnessed the growth after the provision of free access to best teaching learning resources began at SWAYAM.

“Earlier, the courses on ‘SWAYAM’ were time-bound, for which, registration was needed in advance. Now, to utilise this lockdown period productively and to promote online learning, it can be viewed by any learner free of cost without any registration,” the minister added.

GLOBALLY ACCESSIBLE
SWAYAM has a repository of 1,900 courses which are being accessed by people from over 60 countries.

The significant majority is from India, and the other countries include the US, UAE, Germany, Nepal, Singapore, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. The videos of SWAYAM Prabha DTH TV channels are viewed by around 50,000 people every day.

The National Digital Library is now being accessed by about 43,000 people daily which is more than double of the usual number of persons accessing it.

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