HRD Ministry 75 National Resource Centres for Online Refresher Programmes for Education (Important) (Download PDF)


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Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) platform SWAYAM.

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  • In 1st phase of initiative, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRC) are identified.

Centres Are Notified as NRCs under Ministry’S Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers & Teaching Located In

  • Central Universities

  • IITs

  • NITs

  • State Universities

  • UGC’s Human Resource Development Centres

  • National Institutes for Technical Teachers Training

  • IIITs

  • Open Universities & other institutions.

Highlights of Initiative:

  • NRCs are tasked w/preparing online training material w/major focus on latest developments in discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements & methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
  • Centres will cover wide-ranging disciplines including social sciences, sciences, engineering & technology, design & manufacturing, humanities, language teaching, commerce, management, education planning & administration, public policy & other disciplines.
  • Initiative will benefit faculty. It will be highly flexible & can be done at one’s own pace & time.
  • All in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject & seniority, will have opportunity to be updated w/latest developments in their disciplines thru technology-based online refresher course.
  • NRCs will develop Refresher Module which will include latest trends in their earmarked discipline by 15th June each year.

Course Material Uploading Period

  • Training materials will be uploaded & made available thru SWAYAM platform to all teachers w/effect from 1st Oct. every year.
  • Received course can be repeated in following January, which will based on response.
  • Centres will publish list of faculty who are certified by December 31,2018.


  • NRCs will revolutionise professional development of faculty by catering to massive numbers by leveraging information & communication technology (ICT) & online technology platform of SWAYAM.


  • SWAYAM is Study Webs of Active – Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) programme.

  • Programme initiated by Govt. to achieve 3 cardinal principles of education policy - access, equity & quality.

  • Objective of initiative is to take best teaching learning resources to all, including most disadvantaged.

  • Platform seeks to bridge digital divide for students who have up till now remained untouched by digital revolution & are not able to join mainstream of knowledge economy.

  • It works thru indigenously developed IT platform, which facilitates hosting of all courses that are taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation.

  • Courses can be accessed by anyone, anywhere & at any time.

  • All courses are interactive, prepared by best teachers in country & are available, free of cost to all residents in India.

  • More than 1,000 specially chosen faculty & teachers from across Country have participated in preparing courses.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

  • MOOC is online course aimed to unlimited participation & open access via web.
  • MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, & teaching assistants.

Benefits of MOOC:

  • Improving access to Higher Education

  • Providing affordable alternative to formal education

  • Sustainable Development Goals

- Published/Last Modified on: June 20, 2018


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