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Govt of India’s SWAYAM is Offering Free E-Course on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

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SWAYAM — a programme initiated by Government of India — is offering a free computer science course on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchains.

The 12-week undergraduate course named “Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases” is a joint venture from academia and industry, where the target is to cover both the conceptual as well as application aspects of Blockchain, including the fundamental design and architectural primitives of Blockchain, the system and the security aspects, along with various use cases from different application domains.

The online course runs from 29th July to 18th October and the exam will be on 17th November for those wanting to obtain a certificate from the course. The curriculum of the course include Hyperledger, IBM Blockchain Cloud, Ethereum development tools & Quorum, and for self-study SWAYAM website refers to books including “Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies” by Andreas Antonopoulos among others.

As per SWAYAM, “The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.”

The certification exam is optional and costs ₹ 1000. The certificate received will have the logos of NPTEL,IBM and IIT Kharagpur. NPTEL or “National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning” is an initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for creating course contents in engineering and science.

The exam will be conducted in various cities across the country which will be revealed at the time of signing up. Cities that have held exams for other Swayam courses include Lucknow, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Thane, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram.

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Launched in August last year, SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) aims to provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses. The program, backed by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development, seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.

At present about 1550+ MOOCs courses are listed on SWAYAM of which 800+ courses are already delivered. About 34 Lakhs students have enrolled in these courses.

It is intended to host about 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning material, within two years: covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses. It is expected to support 3 Crores users in the next few years.

Via ~ Bitcoin.com

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