The website for SWAYAM, India’s ambitious MOOC platform, has finally been launched in beta. You can find it here: swayam.gov.in
In our deep dive on SWAYAM, we mentioned that we were concerned about the technology side of the new platform. Unfortunately, some of our concerns have come true.
The design of the website looks somewhat dated — it doesn’t feel like it was created in 2016.
Furthermore, we weren’t able to create a new account on SWAYAM, because the CAPTCHA image was broken and so we couldn’t move on to step #2 of the registration process.
Class Central reached out to the SWAYAM support email mentioned in the website’s footer, and we got a response within a couple of hours. The reply was from someone with a Microsoft email.
There were some crossed wires in the communication, because SWAYAM’s representative misunderstood and thought we were a campus faculty trying to register. We sent some clarification and will update this post as soon as we get a response.
The other hurdle is that creating an account requires you to have an Indian phone number. Before you can access the courses, you need to activate your account; activation is done via an Indian phone number.
Hopefully these issues will be resolved soon, and the platform opened up to the entire world — not just India.
Additional info about SWAYAM:
Dhawal Shah is the founder and CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine for online courses. You can see which courses he is taking here — class-central.com/@dhawal