COVID-19 pandemic has made a global impact in the past few months and continues to impact the conventional educational activities. Utilizing the time in lockdown period by investing time in personal growth and learning relevant new skills can help the students to maintain their confidence and motivation. This also applies to the people who have been looking at possible job opportunities or want to make a shift in their career. Students can join various free online courses to expand their knowledge and existing skill sets. Many online learning platforms like NPTEL, Swayam, edX, Coursera provide both free and subscription courses, for enhancing technical and soft skills like improving communication skills, technical knowledge etc. to the students.
E-pathshala hosts educational resources for teachers, students, parents, researchers and educators, which is available on Web, Android, IOS and Windows platforms. The portal and Mobile apps are a storehouse of- audios, videos, epubs, flipbooks etc. Resources are available in multiple languages i.e. Hindi, English, Urdu etc.
There are other portals like National Digital Library which provide digital repository of textbooks, articles, videos. National Digital library of India (NDLI) is one such digital repository providing textbooks, articles, videos, lectures, and all other kinds of learning media.
Shodhganga () provides free access to Ph.D. thesis for the research students across different universities, also available to the scholarly community in open access.
e-PG Pathshala provides high quality, curriculum-based, interactive e-content in 70 subjects across all disciplines of social sciences, arts, fine arts and humanities, natural & mathematical sciences. It is an initiative of the MHRD under the NME-ICT.
TCS iON provides industry Certification aimed at students, fresh graduates and working professionals, focuses on assessing an individual’s professionally competent skills for achieving success in his profession.
Google also provides various online courses and free content on fundamentals of digital marketing, getting business online, promoting your business with online advertising, business communication and many more.
UiPath offers massive open online courses on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) training tailored to enable all the key roles within an RPA Center of Excellence right from the RPA Developers, Solution Architects and Infrastructure Support to Project Managers and Business Analysts. Other websites like udemy, udacity provide skill enhancement courses on arts, craft, design, photography and personal development.
Students can take the online courses of their own choice and interest areas, benefit themselves by preparing in a better way for the upcoming opportunities.
Shubam Goswami, SPSU