Indo-Afghan Collaboration on digital learning initiative: IIT-Madras to extend support

CHENNAI: The Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) is all set to work with the Afghanistan government on digital education initiatives. This includes many prominent programs developed by Indian Institutes of Technology.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at IIT Madras in connection with this on Friday.

This MoU will facilitate use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) available in SWAYAM Platform by students and faculties of educational institutions in Afghanistan.

Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’ (SWAYAM), developed by Government of India, was launched in 2017.

According to an official release, Afghan students and teachers will be trained for using this platform so that they can learn latest technology courses and upskill them in their areas of interest.

Besides this, existing courses developed by Afghan institutions will be uploaded in the said platform and ministry of higher education, Afghanistan, will be assisted to develop their own MOOC platform.

Various other Indian facilities such as the National Digital Library of India (NDLI), VIRTUAL LABS, spoken tutorials will also be shared.

Further, Afghan institutions will be encouraged to participate in robotic projects and symposiums held under e-Yantra, the release added.

Speaking during the occasion, R Subrahmanyam, secretary, higher education, MHRD, said “The historic ties between India and Afghanistan would grow further with this collaboration. This would enrich the lives of young people achieve their aspirations.”

M Homayoun Qayoumi, senior advisor to the President of Afghanistan and acting minister of finance, highlighted the impact of education in the progress of every country and this collaboration would help in providing better education facilities.