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JAMMU: Departments to motivate the students to use Departmental Infrastructure for completing the SWAYAM Courses, initially of 4 credits, which would, later on, be increased to 10% of the Course Credits and then to 20% as desired by the Ministry of Education, Govt of India, said Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu in One day workshop on MOOCs (Massive online open course) on SWAYAM platform organized to orient the Deans, Heads and Convener Board of Studies, and Departmental SWAYAM Coordinators about the modalities of the SWAYAM for University of Jammu.
Vice-Chancellor reiterated that the MOOCs from SWAYAM is mandatory for the students. The University should be a leader in the implementation of newer technologies and should lead by example. He further said that very soon the offsite campuses will also have to adopt CBCS, hence they should also start preparing their infrastructure for the adoption of MOOCs through SWAYAM. Addressing the queries raised by the participants, he reassured them that the Departments have been supported financially under RUSA, and hence have been enabled in Computer hardware and Internet connectivity.
He stressed that the future is of online education and the University of Jammu has been recognized among the few Universities of India, to offer Online Degrees in ODL Programmes. In his concluding remark, he said that this workshop has rightly consolidated the initiatives started in the year 2017 and congratulated the team SWAYAM JU.
The objectives of the Session were to present the SWAYAM Implementation Framework, familiarize all present regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Departments, Students, Departmental SWAYAM Coordinators, Academic Wing, Examination Wing, IT Wing, and others, and to address queries regarding SWAYAM Implementation.
The session was introduced earlier, by Prof. Naresh Padha, Dean Academic Affairs who delved upon the series of developments for the implementation of MOOCs through SWAYAM platform, in the University of Jammu.
Earlier, Prof Jasbir Singh, Controller of Examination, praised the SWAYAM team for the initiatives undertaken to make it successful. Prof. Jasbir assured full support and cooperation of the Examination Wing, to all stakeholders. Prof Neeru Sharma, UGC SWAYAM Coordinator, University of Jammu also focused on the challenges being faced in the phase of implementation of MOOCs. Dr. Suresh N Rao discussed the hierarchal structure of SWAYAM to be followed at the University of Jammu and elaborated on the roles and responsibilities of DSCs.
Earlier, Prof. Alka Sharma, Co-Coordinator SWAYAM, JU welcomed the august gathering. Ravi Kant Verma, Programmer from the office of Controller of Examination discussed the patterns of Marks cards for different disciplines and shared solutions for the marks/credits transfer for the SWAYAM course at the University. The vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. Samridhi Arora. Dr. Hema Gandotra, DSC Sociology conducted the proceedings. Amongst those present were Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu, Prof Prakash Anathal, DSW, Prof Lalit Sen, Deans of Faculties, Heads of the Departments and Rectors of Offsite Campuses, SWAYAM Mentors Prof B K Bajaj, Dr. Jeevan Jyoti, Dr. Garima Gupta, Dr. Nisha Kapoor, and Dr. Anil Gupta from the Digital Learning monitoring Committee, JU, and Departmental SWAYAM Coordinators.
Kulbhushan and Arif from the DSW Office and Rumal Chand from the Department of Home Science provided secretarial and technical assistance. More than 100 participants took part in the workshop.

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