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SmartBridge signs MOU with IIT MADRAS’ SWAYAM PLUS

SmartBridge, a Veranda Learning enterprise, is proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SWAYAM PLUS, an esteemed initiative by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. This strategic partnership marks a transformative moment for SmartBridge, solidifying its commitment to bridging the gap between academic learning and the dynamic demands of the industry.

Under this collaboration, SmartBridge will offer a diverse range of courses, including Artificial Intelligence, Applied Data Science, Backend Development (Java Spring Boot), Cyber Security Analyst, Android Application Development (with Kotlin), and Android Application Development (with Flutter). Out of the 9 courses offered on Swayam Plus, six fall under SmartBridge’s umbrella. All courses are aligned with the National Credit Framework (NCRF) level 5 and 5.5, providing students with project-based learning opportunities, and making them credit-eligible.

The SWAYAM Plus platform, operated by IIT Madras, will offer programs in crucial sectors such as energy, manufacturing, computer science and engineering, IT or ITES, management studies, and healthcare, among others. 

Shri Dharmesh Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, expressed his enthusiasm, said, “The National Education Policy (NEP) is on roll and for the first time, reputed industrial houses will be coming with their own academy, partnering with the UGC, esteemed education departments, and prestigious institutes like IIT Madras. All these courses will be accredited.”

Mr. Amarender Katkam, CEO of SmartBridge, said, “Our courses on the SWAYAM PLUS platform are meticulously designed to align with the most pressing industry needs. Emphasizing project-based learning, these courses offer practical experience and are tailored to specific roles, ensuring they meet the industry’s requirements and are eligible for credits.”

Multilingual content, an AI-enabled chatbot to assist students, and credit recognition are some of the standout features of the SWAYAM Plus platform. IIT Madras will be operating the SWAYAM Plus platform, leveraging its extensive experience as a founder institution of Swayam-NPTEL and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. 

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