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Difference between SWAYAM Courses and NPTEL Courses


SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) is the National MOOCs portal being developed by MHRD, Govt. of India. In order to ensure best quality content is produced and delivered, Eight National Coordinators have been appointed under SWAYAM. NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) is the official SWAYAM national coordinator for engineering. All NPTEL online certification courses are SWAYAM courses too, and they are available on the SWAYAM platform as well.



The following shall be National Coordinators for each of the Sectors for the purpose of development of the e-content, delivery of online courses and overseeing the assessment procedures of courses offered on SWAYAM.

For example, see  . This is an NPTEL course that was offered in the Jan 2017 semester. For certification and examination purposes, we offer the same course on the NPTEL portal:  All the courses we offer will be similar to the above. By participating in NPTEL online courses, you and your college are officially participating in SWAYAM.




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New Springer Nature report on the effect of open access on books


This week, Springer Nature published a report called ‘The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books?’

This report is the first major comparative analysis of usage data for open access (OA) and non-OA scholarly books. Our findings establish that there is a performance benefit from publishing a book OA as they are downloaded seven times more, cited 50% more and mentioned online ten times more.

The interviews we conducted with authors and funders also revealed some common themes around why they publish and fund open access books, from increased visibility and wider dissemination to ethical motivations.

Read the full report here:

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Hyderabad: The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, hosted its first Human Library event on Sunday. The idea of the Human Library was born in the year 2000, when Ronni Abergel, a social activist, launched it in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Human Library now has around 600 book depots worldwide. The Hyderabad chapter was founded by Harshad Fad.

Individuals from stigmatised sections of society, who are stereotyped on the basis of their ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability, occupation, social status or lifestyle, volunteer as ‘books’ in this library. Readers are free to choose these human books from a catalogue. The books then share their life experiences with a group of readers and an interactive session follows.

IIT Hyderabad hosted a total of 12 books in collaboration with the Hyderabad chapter of the Human Library. The books ‘Chains of Freedom’ and ‘Price of Smiling’ are popular with the readers........


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