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Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative and push to promote Internet-based learning, the Union human resource development ministry’s plan to launch its massive open online courses (MOOC) platform “Swayam” has been delayed repeatedly.
Government sources said that Swayam’s launch was repeately delayed because the ministry wanted to ensure smooth functionality.
The Swayam platform proposes to host over 2,000 courses for approximately 3 crore students across the country.
It is understood that the latest launch date of August 15 was postponed because preparations were ongoing to get the entire system ready for the ambitious project. Sources said that once the platform was made operational at the optimum level, the launch will likely be made by the Prime Minister.