AISECT, a Madhya Pradesh based education group, has launched ‘Aisectmoocs.com’, a free online Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, in partnership with Ireland based ALISON group, reports the Economic Times. The report states that this portal has been launched to support the Indian government’s Skill India and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan schemes.
The MOOC platform will offer 750 diploma and certificate level courses in English and Hindi, and the company plans to add other Indian regional languages in the coming months. Students wanting to do courses can either do so online or by going to the AISECT Centre, ET adds. IndiaToday reports that the MOOC platform will offer 2,000 courses. According to a Statesman report, AISECT is a partner under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). AISECT also runs a university in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh offering courses and degrees across multiple streams.
Recent developments in the MOOC domain:
– Earlier this month, NIIT partnered with edX, an online learning platform to introduce MOOCs on both their platforms.
– In December 2015, Khan Academy and Central Square Foundation launched Khan Academy – – Hindi and planned to add more videos, practice exercises and tutorials in Hindi for free.
– In November 2015, online open course provider Udacity raised $105 million.
– In August 2015, Times Internet entered into a strategic partnership with Coursera to ‘assist Coursera’s growth in India’. Times Internet also participated in Coursera’s Series C funding worth $49.5 million which took place in August last year.
– In May 2015, the British Council launched a series of free MOOCs on IELTS and English for teachers and students on the FutureLearn platform.
– In April 2015, LinkedIn acquired online tutorials and training platform Lynda.com for $1.5 billion.
-In January 2015, Delhi University launched its series of MOOC courses available worldwide, free of cost.
Developments in the online education sector in India this year:
– Last month, Finland based startup Claned raised $1.46 million in a round of funding led by Indian CBA (Cross Border Angels and Investors) members to roll out operations in India.
– In March, Bangalore-based Byju’s Learning raised $75 million from Sequoia Capital and Sofina, to expand its product offering, and launch in international markets.
– In February, language learning platform Duolingo added Hindi to its platform, which would let its users learn English through Hindi.
– In January, McGraw Hill Education India tied up with Edutor Technologies’ IGNITOR, to provide MHE’s Education book catalog in a digital format and distribute across universities and colleges.
– In the same month, Amazon India launched Exam Central, under the books department on the website where users could get access to sample question papers, solved papers and articles from academicians for entrance exams.