With the potential of technology and internet, there are lot of opportunities and platforms that students can avail for a better career and lifestyle. While tons of websites exist out there, most of them might not be as useful as these websites or platforms provided by Indian government, specially designed for students. In fact, the websites are so vast consisting of each and every educative material required for school and college students in India.
Check out the eight useful websites by Indian Government for students.
#1 Swayam – NPTEL
SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) is an Indian government Massive open online course (MOOC) platform providing educational opportunities for a vast number of university and college learners. The objective of this effort is to take the best quality teaching learning resources from India’s top engineering colleges to all students of the country.
NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) is an initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) professors to enhance the quality of engineering education in India. It offers online courses and certification in various fields such as computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc.
NPTEL is the official SWAYAM national coordinator for engineering. All NPTEL online certification courses are SWAYAM courses too, and they are available on the SWAYAM platform as well.
The courses are available on their website and are offered through an online portal. The courses are typically 4-, 8-, or 12-week long and cover topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and humanities with exposure to relevant tools and technologies.
Here are some of the best NPTEL certificate courses:
- Advanced Computer Architecture
- Power Electronics
- Automation in Manufacturing
- Introduction to Machine Learning
- Big Data Computing
- Optical Fiber Sensors
- Signal and Systems
- Basics of Materials Engineering
#2 Swayam Prabha
Swayam Prabha is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India that provides 34 high-quality educational channels through DTH in TVs and also via an app across India.
The channels cover entire syllabus of Class 1 to UG tutoring all essential topics for students. Differentiated as ‘higher education’ and ‘school education’ for college and school students respectively, Swayam Prabha facilitates multi-mode access to digital/online teaching for students in India via TV, app, and YouTube.
Swayam Prabha is Indian Govt’s free digital tuition-center for students.
The video contents have been developed in both Hindi and English languages and are superimposed with QR codes, which if scanned using DIKSHA mobile app will take the users to the same content in the app.
Tutoring videos in the platform are made by 13 government institutes or organizations including NCERT, CBSE, KVS, NIOS, and Rotary for school educative videos and NPTEL, IITs of India for higher educative (college) topics.
The website also addresses engineering field topics, economics, social science, humanities, basic and applied sciences.
It’s most useful for students who don’t have stable internet connection, as the videos are also telecasted on TV as per the schedules mentioned in the website. The Swayam Prabha DTH channels can be received by all DD Free Dish and Dish TV subscribers. Swayam Prabha is also available on Jio app.
e-Yantra is a robotics outreach program funded by the Ministry of Education of India, hosted at IIT Bombay. E-Yantra compliments higher education with a project-based learning, where it offers innovation challenges, and robotic competitions for college students in India. It also proffers initiatives to set up labs and farms in the college campus, assisted by government.
e-Yantra also hosts school-level robotic competition every year. School and college students can enroll for the competition and challenges, and exhibit their talents.
#4 Vidya Lakshmi
Students in India who seek education loans can head to “Vidya Lakshmi”, and register in the website to avail loans from multiple banks in India. Vidya Lakshmi portal has been developed under the guidance of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Indian Banks Association for providing a gateway for students to avail loans easily.
The process of applying for the loan involves three simple steps – registration in the website, filling up the details required for the loan and applying to multiple banks. Dozens of banks in India welcomes to grant loans to students via Vidya Lakshmi, including SBI, Canara Bank, Bank of India, PnB, UCO Bank, Axis, IoB and more.
Vidya Lakshmi also proffers scholarships for students through its “Vidyasaarathi” initiative. Over 10 lakh applicants have registered in Vidyasaarathi and it had offered 12,514 scholarships to the applicants, as of January 2022.
#5 National Career Service
National Career Service (NCS) by the Ministry of Labour & Employment of India is a portal for college students providing career information, internships, and also serves as a medium to apply for jobs.
You can find jobs related to your UG course and apply for that easily via the website. Students can also apply for jobs abroad. The website also adds the latest skills training or internships that are available from the government of India.
NCS enlists the placement drives happening in different states of the country and has partnerships with various private organizations like TCS iON, Microsoft, CSCs, Quess Corp, HireMee that provides skillset trainings.
#6 Virtual Labs
Virtual labs is an initiative by the Ministry of Education of India, that provides remote-access to simulation-based labs in various disciplines of Science and Engineering.
The website hosts broad areas of virtual labs in different fields such as electronics & communications, computer science & engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, biotechnology and biomedical engineering and physical and chemical sciences.
Students can access several lab-experiments of their curriculum and perform the experiment virtually and also can tabulate the readings. For example, you can try and check the half wave rectifier by maneuvering the equipment virtually.
#7 National Digital Library of India
This is one of the most useful websites for students in India. National Digital Library consists of all books, academic materials and educational videos for school, engineering, science, humanities, literature and law & management students. All school books of various boards of curriculum such as CBSE, State board and more from class-1 to class-12, related notes and videos are available in the library.
Moreover, the website also has notes and materials for entrance-exams like NEET, JEE Main & Advanced, and GATE, including their previous year question papers with solutions. The website is developed by IIT Kharagpur.
The National Digital Library of India is one of the hidden assets for students and it’s completely free. Users can download any books or materials available in the website. The digital library is also available in apps for android and iOS.
However, user-interface of the website could be improved to fetch a smooth experience with the platform.
#8 For Startup Builders
Startup India provides a free learning program on entrepreneurship and how to build a startup from scratch, partnering with UpGrad. The aim of the course is to help entrepreneurs get their ideas and ventures to the next level through structured learning.
Anyone can register for this 4-week online course and attendees will receive an official certification from Startup India and Invest India. The course is available in both English and Hindi. The course can render insights to those who are looking to build a startup, catering guidelines and stages of building a company.
If you’re interested, you can take up the course here.
Bonus – National Scholarship Portal
National Scholarship Portal (NSP) of India is a one-stop solution for all scholarship-related needs of students in India. The portal provides information about various scholarships offered by the central and state governments, as well as other government agencies such as the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
The significance of this website is that it provides a single platform for students to apply for scholarships and track their application status. The core of the website is to provide a transparent and efficient mechanism for students to apply for scholarships and receive financial assistance for their education.
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