AICTE Current Affairs - 2020

GoI: “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline portal” launched

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has launched “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal”. The portal aims to support students facing difficulties due to closure of hostel and colleges.

Highlights

The ministry has launched a website https://helpline.aicte-india.org with the main objective of connecting those who are in need of help with those that are willing to help. Under this initiative, the students will be supported with examinations, scholarships, online classes, food, health, transport, etc. Around 6,500 colleges have come forward to provide support.

The portal was launched by the ministry in association with AICTE

AICTE

The AICTE is All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is a statutory body operating under Ministry of HRD. It was an advisory body till 1945 and gained statutory status after parliament passed a law in 1987. The Council has powers to determine examination rules, curriculum, fee structure, etc. However, according to Supreme Court judgement 2013, the council has no rights to enforce sanction on an educational institution.

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Access to “SWAYAM”, National Online Education Platform has tripled

On March 28, 2020, the Ministry of HRD (Human Resources Department) announced that the access to the National Online Education Platform called the SWAYAM has tripled since Lock Down.

Highlights

The Ministry of HRD has been trying to make sure the students can continue their education from home during the lockdown. The response has been overwhelming according to the ministry.

SWAYAM

SWAYAM is Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds. It was launched in 2014. The main aim of the online platform is to provide best quality education to around 3 crore students in the country. The SWAYAM MOOCs aims to address the needs of school level students studying 9th to 12th and to the post graduate students.

There are nine national coordinators operating SWAYAM. They are AICTE, UGC, NCERT, NPTEL, CEC, IGNOU, NIOS, NITTTR and IIMB. The platform provides self-assessment tests as well.

SWAYAM was developed by Ministry of HRD with the help of IIT Madras and NPTEL and Google.

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