Back to Basics: Top educational resources for the remote student

Now that distance learning has become the new norm, students worldwide need to make sure they have the right equipment to be able to study effectively from home.

courses of your choice

As the Institutes continue to grapple with a new work from home culture and fresh sets of logistical and security-based challenges caused by changing legislation as well as the rise and fall of coronavirus cases, both parents and students have also felt the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

For younger students, this has meant parents doing what they can to work with teachers and keep their children entertained and learning in some way. For older students, preparation for exams or continuing study at university while at home — rather than being on campus — has become the new normal.

The imposition of lockdowns came as a shock to everyone this year and few of us were prepared for communicating with others virtually on a daily basis. However, with little end in sight to the end of global restrictions and the new school year approaching, it’s time to invest in remote equipment to make studying easier and more productive. (Source: ZDNet)

Find a plethora of Courses at Swayam, a govt. of India initiative supported by Microsoft Corporation

AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education)

AICTE has been appointed 9th National MOOCs Coordinator (NC) vide MHRD vide letter No.8-26/2014-TEL, dated 02.08.2017 for all courses that do not fall in the purview of any of the existing NCs including foreign university courses. Terms and Reference (TOR) for appointment of AICTE as NC are governed by MHRD’s Order No.8-26/2014-TEL, dated 9th March, 2016. AICTE has been appointed National Coordinator for NRCs also identified by MHRD under PMMMNMTT for preparation of Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching for faculty of the Engineering/University/ Institutions for MOOCs Development under SWAYAM.

AICTE, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070

 |   011-29581202

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with strength of 4,528 students. Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 3 million students in India and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 2,667 learner support centres and 29 overseas partner institutions. The University offers about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with a strength of nearly 810 faculty members and 574 academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.

Centre for Online Education, Dr. Radhakrishnan Block 17, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110 068

 |   011-29652322

IIM Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is one of the leading management education institutes in Asia. Under the IIM Act of 2017, IIMB is an Institute of National Importance. IIMB has more than 100 full time faculty members, more than 1200 students across various degree/diploma granting programmes and nearly 5000 annual Executive Education participants. IIMB’s degree/diploma granting programmes comprise the Fellow Programme in Management, the Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management, the one-year full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management, the Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management, and the Post Graduate Programme in Management. IIMB is committed to make deep social impact using technology-enabled education. Towards this end, the institute offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). IIMB is the first management school in India to offer MOOCs on the edX. IIMB is also the coordinating institute for management education for SWAYAM, Government of India’s online education platform.

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, India Pin Code: 560 076

 |   080- 26993894 / 3895 / 3578

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programs for qualitative improvement in school education. The major objectives of NCERT and its constituent units are to undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education; prepare and publish model textbooks, supplementary material, newsletters, journals and develops educational kits, multimedia, digital materials, etc. organise pre-service and in-service training of teachers; develop and disseminate innovative educational techniques and practices; collaborate and network with state educational departments, universities, NGOs and other educational institutions; act as a clearinghouse for ideas and information in matters related to school education. In addition to research, development, training, extension, publication and dissemination activities, NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programs with other countries in the field of school education. The NCERT also interacts and works in collaboration with the international organizations, visiting foreign delegations and offers various training facilities to educational personnel from developing countries.

Central Institute of Educational Technology(CIET) National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110016

 |   +91-11-26962580, +91-11-26864141

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is an autonomous Institution under MHRD established in 1989. NIOS offers Secondary (10th), Sr.Secondary (12th) and Vocational courses through open and distance learning(ODL) mode. It also offers Open Basic Education and Elementary Teacher Education Programme. NIOS operates through a network of five Departments, 22 Regional Centres and more than 6500 and Accredited Institutions in India and abroad. It has a current cumulative enrolment of about 2.82 million learners during the last five years with an annual enrolment of about 550 thousand learners which makes it the largest open schooling system in the world. The openness and flexibility in education is key to educational programs of NIOS. There is no upper age for admission in NIOS. Freedom of choice of subjects, self-learning study materials, transfer of credits and flexible examination system with ICT based On-Demand Examination (ODES) System are some of the learner-centric facilities being provided by NIOS. NIOS offers 42 Courses on SWAYAM Platform. NIOS successfully completed the training of more than 13 lakhs untrained in-service elementary teachers using SWAYAM platform.

National Institute of Open Schooling A-24/25, Institutional Area, Sector – 62, NOIDA Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh – 201 309 Phone Number: +91-0120-4089800 Toll Free:

 |   18001809393

National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research

The National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) Chennai was established as an autonomous Institute by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in the year 1964 to improve the quality of Engineering Education system in India and in the Southern Region in particular. Within this mandate, the institute takes initiatives to offer need-based Human Resource Development programs through appropriate modes and develop curricula and instructional resources to meet their clientele requirements. It also fosters research in the interdisciplinary area of Engineering Education and offers consultancy and extension services for the total development of technical institutions (Engineering and Polytechnic Colleges), Industry, Service sector and the Community at large. NITTTR Chennai also serves as one of the National Coordinator for SWAYAM for the teacher training program, along with the otherNITTTRs (Bhopal, Chandigarh and Kolkata) we are offering courses in the area of technical teacher training.

CSIR Road, Taramani P.O; Chennai – 600 113

 |   +91-44-22545406/409 /433 /447/458/460


National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level.
Largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects
Online web portal – more than 471 million+ views
Youtube channel for NPTEL – most subscribed educational channel, 1.5 million+ channel subscribers, 819 million+ views, 50000+ Video Hours.
More than 54000+ hours of video content, transcribed with subtitles
Most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world.

NPTEL Online Certification Courses
Since 2013, through an online portal, 4-, 8-, or 12-week online courses, typically on 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, are being offered. The enrolment to and learning from these courses involves no cost. An in-person, proctored certification exam (optional) will be conducted at Rs. 1000/- per course and a certificate is provided through the participating institutions and industry, when applicable.
Click here for more information
icon icon

The best way to prepare for the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET)

UNAcademy is one of the largest online study platforms in India. With UNAcademy prepare for many types of competitive exams like-UPSC, JEE Mains and Advance,NEET, SSC… and many more. Well educated and experienced Faculty teach there with dedication.

Learn anytime, anywhere:
Watch recorded classes, online or offline from the comfort of your mobile, PC or tablet
Feels like you are in the classroom: 
Get your doubts cleared
Ask your doubts and get them answered immediately by the educator during classes
Detailed report and analysis
Get in-depth insights with topic wise scores, time spent per question and competitive stats
PDFs and learning material
Get access to class notes with educator annotations for you to revisit and revise anytime.
Learn on the go
Download lessons and learn anytime, anywhere with the Unacademy learning app. Click Here to Download App.
No Language barrier
UNAcademy educators teach in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and 12 other languages, so language is never a barrier for any region
  • Understand Each and Every part of the Syllabus: 
  • Narrow Down Your Weak Areas and get expert advice
  • Ace Social Studies with experienced Teachers
  • Comprehend English Pedagogy with renowned Teachers
  • Attend full-length Weekly Mock Test
  • Decode the best strategies with Top Educators
  • Enhance your prep with doubt clearing sessions
  • Manage your time well with last minutes Tips & Tricks

Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) Subscription

1 month

3 months

6 months

12 months


Total (Incl. of all taxes)

₹3,000 (17% OFF)

Total (Incl. of all taxes)

₹4,800  (33% OFF)

Total (Incl. of all taxes)

₹6,000  (58% OFF)

Total (Incl. of all taxes)

Use code TET10 to get 10% off on your subscription


IIT Admission 2020: Eligibility Criteria Relaxed For Students Qualifying JEE Advanced

Students qualifying only the JEE Advanced, irrespective of the marks they have secured in Class 12 board exams, will be eligible for admission to IITs, said HRD Minister Pokhriyal.

UNAcademy-CourseThe admission criteria for Indian Institutes of Technology, or IITs, have been relaxed. The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced on Twitter that apart from qualifying the Joint Entrance Examination, or JEE, Advanced, students will no longer need to score a minimum of 75% in their school board exams to be eligible. Earlier, only students who scored a minimum 75 percent marks in the Class 12 board exams or ranked in the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations were eligible. However, the cancellation of several board papers due to the COVID-19 outbreak and students securing lesser marks, the Joint Admission Board, or JAB, has relaxed this criterion of 75 percent marks.

Boost your Preparation with Personalized Coaching, Unlimited Mock Test, and Faculty Support. Click to Know More

Students qualifying only the JEE Advanced, irrespective of the marks they have secured in Class 12 board exams, will be eligible for admission to IITs

For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the JEE (Advanced), the eligibility was to secure either a minimum score of 75% marks in class XII Board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations. Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for JEE (Advanced), 2020 qualified candidates, this time.”



Enroll in free courses by Microsoft, EY & Coursera to hone your skills

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform for higher education, where 64 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future. More than 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, certificates, and degree programs. 2,500 companies trust the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera for Government equips government employees and citizens with in-demand skills to build a competitive workforce. Coursera for Campus empowers any university to offer high-quality, job-relevant online education to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Coursera is backed by leading investors that include Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Learn Capital, and SEEK Group. 

Last month, online learning platform Coursera announced that it was offering 90 per cent of its online classes to college students for free until September 30th. Current undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates will gain access to 3,800 classes, 150 Guided Projects, 400 Specializations and 11 Professional Certificates.

Students can enrol in programs until July 31st and must complete them before September 30th. As a bonus, there is no limit to how many classes students can enroll in.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new worldwide initiative to provide free training for candidates looking to acquire digital skills to land in-demand jobs in a post Covid-19 economy.

The program, which includes access to low-cost certifications, will combine data and learning content from Microsoft and its subsidiaries, LinkedIn and GitHub and will feature video courses covering everything from basic digital literacy to more advanced technical skills.

What Coursera Has to Offer


Learn a job-relevant skill that you can use today in under 2 hours through an interactive experience guided by a subject matter expert. Access everything you need right in your browser and complete your project confidently with step-by-step instructions.


Take courses from the world’s best instructors and universities. Courses include recorded auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, video lectures, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll be eligible to receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate for a small fee.


Enroll in a Specialization to master a specific career skill. You’ll complete a series of rigorous courses, tackle hands-on projects, and earn a Specialization Certificate to share with your professional network and potential employers.


Whether you’re looking to start a new career or change your current one, Professional Certificates on Coursera help you become job ready. Learn at your own pace from top companies and universities, apply your new skills to hands-on projects that showcase your expertise to potential employers, and earn a career credential to kickstart your new career.


With MasterTrack™ Certificates, portions of Master’s programs have been split into online modules, so you can earn a high quality university-issued career credential at a breakthrough price in a flexible, interactive format. Benefit from a deeply engaging learning experience with real-world projects and live, expert instruction. If you are accepted to the full Master’s program, your MasterTrack coursework counts towards your degree.


Transform your resume with a degree from a top university for a breakthrough price. Our modular degree learning experience gives you the ability to study online anytime and earn credit as you complete your course assignments. You’ll receive the same credential as students who attend class on campus. Coursera degrees cost much less than comparable on-campus programs.


Nanotechnology in Agriculture: AICTE Approved

Nanotechnology in Agriculture: Course by Prof. Mainak Das | IIT Kanpur
Modern agriculture is a chemical-intensive process starting from fertilizer, pesticide to food preservation. Modern nanotechnology tools if used judiciously in the future, have the ability to offer sustainable development along with the optimal, precision, and more effective use of chemicals. In this course, I will be sharing my journey from basic agriculture to modern-day nanoparticle-based agriculture practices.

This Agriculture sector Course is designed for students seeking a career in the Agriculture industry, Seed industry, Fertilizer industry, Food technology industry and related field. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students of Agriculture Engineering, Biotechnology, Botany, Biochemistry and Design
PREREQUISITES : 10+2 in science
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Agriculture industry, Seed industry, Fertilizer industry, Food technology industry

Course Start Date : 17 Aug 2020
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Course End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 17 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 17 Aug 2020
Category :
Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
This is an AICTE approved FDP course

Week 1: History of agriculture and the role of chemicals in modern agriculture
Week 2: Overview of nanotechnology
Week 3: Application of nanotechnology in modern day agriculture practices I
Week 4: Application of nanotechnology in modern day agriculture practices II
Week 5: Application of nanotechnologies in animal production
Week 6: Nanotechnology and shelf life of agricultural and food products
Week 7: Nanotechnologies for water quality and availability
Week 8: Green nanotechnology and the role of good governance and policies for effective nanotechnology development

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 centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 17 October 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Intro of the Course by Prof. Mainak Das


Wharton Summer High School Programs

The Wharton Summer High School Programs are immersive experiences for students currently enrolled in grades 9–11. Led by Wharton faculty and instructional staff, programs explore topics that align with Wharton’s research and teaching. Pre-collegiate students engage with Wharton’s rigorous business education before making a post-secondary choice and get the chance to study and network with global peers.

Some of the high demand for Courses & Programs

Cost: $3,850
Duration: 2 Weeks

Led by Wharton faculty, Future of the Business World introduces the foundations of a Wharton education to current 9–11 graders. Students explore real-time business themes and engage with big questions about the evolving world through group work, mini-lectures, project-based learning, and more.


Cost: $5,550 per course
Duration: 5 ½ Weeks

The Pre-College Program is built for exceptional rising high school seniors who want to explore college-level academics. Students get to engage in small groups with Wharton’s undergraduate course catalog, taught entirely by Wharton faculty. Upon completion, students receive an official University transcript with course credit that is transferable to most colleges and universities.


Cost: $350
Duration: 2 Days

High school students from around the globe can travel to Saturn in Wharton Interactive’s newest initiative, The Saturn Parable. Professor Ethan Mollick will lead students through a real-time online stimulation as they navigate obstacles and learn invaluable leadership and team-building skills along the way.


Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM)
Wharton’s Global Youth Meet-Up (GYM) is a creative, extra-curricular community open to summer students as a way to connect to one another — and Wharton — before, during, and after their courses. Featuring both live and independent programming, the GYM is designed to ensure virtual participants don’t miss out on valuable community building and networking.

Open for 10 weeks
Introductions to Wharton resources
Live lectures and discussions with Wharton faculty, students, and guests
Workshops to advance academic and personal skills
Earn badges, win prizes, and compete in business-themed challenges
*The GYM is included with all programs except for The Saturn Parable.


WHARTON Global Youth Program Online

wharton-instituteThe Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) is a rigorous and rewarding for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors and a select number rising of high school juniors interested in exploring the integration of technological concepts and management principles.  For more information, please contact or call +1.516.414.5555.

1 three-week online session from July 6, 2020 through July 24, 2020

Highlights of M&TSI include:

  • Courses taught by full-time Wharton and Penn Engineering faculty
  • Attendees explore Penn’s business and engineering offerings, hearing guest lectures from prominent faculty recognized as leaders in their field
  • Students build and present a prototype and go-to-market plan for their own high-tech venture
  • Project presentations are evaluated by Penn faculty, receiving feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors
  • Students participate in activities led by industry innovators such as Google IPO simulation led by Michael Grimes, Head of Global Technology Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley
  • Attendees receive a full Penn college-course credit for successful completion of program 

Click here to Register for Wharton online Management Program