Swayam, Swayam Prabha DTH Channels & National Academic Depository Launched- Important (Download PDF)


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SWAYAM, 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels and National Academic Depository were launched at the National Convention on Digital Initiatives organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development

Swayam Prabha DTH Channels Launched

Swayam Prabha DTH Channels Launched

Swayam Prabha DTH Channels Launched

  • Spread of technology, telecom penetration, and internet an opportunity for access and quality.
  • Self-help, self-paced and self-improvement.
  • Enables good teachers to directly teach students
  • ICT offers an interactive learning experience
  • Digital modes are cheaper, accessible, interactive, and flexible
  • Audio-video and multi-media and state of the art pedagogy


  • SWAYAM is a Massive Open Online Courses platform- MOOCs.
  • Designed for three cardinal principles of Education Policy- access, equity, and quality.
  • Indigenous IT platform for hosting all courses from 9th till post-graduation
  • Courses are interactive and free of cost
  • 1,000 specially chosen faculty and teachers participated in preparing these courses.

4 Quadrants

  • Video lectures
  • Reading material
  • Self-assessment tests
  • Discussion forum

Seven National Coordinators

  • NPTEL for engineering
  • UGC for post-graduation education
  • CEC for under-graduate education
  • NCERT & NIOS for school education
  • IGNOU for out of the school students
  • IIMB for management studies.
  • Students wanting certifications must be registered
  • Marks/grades could be transferred to academic record of the students.
  • UGC has issued the UGC Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM Regulation 2016 advising the Universities to identify courses where credits can be transferred on to the academic record of the students for courses done on SWAYAM.
  • Platform developed MHRD and AICTE with help of Microsoft- capable of hosting 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning: covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses.

32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels

SWAYAM PRABHA conceived as group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite.

  • Everyday 4 hours content would be repeated 5 times a day
  • Channels uplinked from BISAG, Gandhinagar.
  • Content provided by NPTEL, IITs, UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS.
  • INFLIBNET Centre maintains the web portal.
  • Uses satellite technology
  • Scale and reach has been raised manifold through the 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH channels.
  • Help students in the rural and remote areas.


  • Higher Education: All courses certification-ready, the platform being developed for offering MOOCs courses.
  • School education (9 - 12 levels): For teacher’s training and children education
  • Curriculum-based courses for life-long learning.
  • Assist students (class 11th & 12th) prepare for competitive exams.

National Academic Depository (NAD)

  • National Academic Depository (NAD) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resources Development
  • Facilitate digital issuance, storage, access and verification of Academic Awards issued by Academic Institutions.
  • Initiative under “Digital India” theme towards achieving Digital enablement of the Education Records.
  • Digital, Online, Trusted, Verifiable Certificates which are accessible in a secure manner at all times
  • Do away with difficulties, inefficiencies of collecting, maintaining, and presenting physical paper certificates.
  • Easy authentication of the credentials issued by the institutions.
  • Increasing transparency and ease of operation.
  • The several other digital initiatives taken up under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT)

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- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017


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