Indian Government Launches Education Portal Swayam will provide Free Online Courses for Aerospace Engineering

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After successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 and hiring a new milestone in the global aerospace arena , the Human Resource and Development Ministry recently made a surprising initiative by empowering and encouraging students to choose careers in aerospace engineering and said its ‘Swayam’ portal will provide online courses on the subject from July 29, 2019.

India on 22 July, 2019 had successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the Sriharikota spaceport to explore the unexplored territory of south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.

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“ISRO will go ‘back to the moon’ today. Learn Aerospace Engineering with Swayam, who knows, if you are a part of the journey the next time,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry tweeted.

The ministry’s ‘Swayam’ portal had launched six online courses in aerospace engineering and these will enable and support students to acquire skills and knowledge on designing, manufacturing and maintenance of spacecraft, aircraft, missiles and weapons systems.

The courses being offered on the portal include the 3 months ‘Aircraft stability and control’ course and ‘Design of fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles’ course of 2 months.

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Both the courses will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur is conducting two more courses ‘Introduction to ancient Indian technology’ (2 months) and ‘Introduction to rocket propulsion’ (3 months).

However, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai is providing a 12-week course in ‘Introduction to aerospace engineering/flight’, IIT Kharagpur is offering a eight-week course in ‘Vibration and structural dynamics’.

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Launched back in 2016, the HRD ministry’s ‘Swayam’ platform hosts Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 2.43 pm and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later.

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The mission’s success brought in huge relief for ISRO scientists after the July 15 launch was called off just about an hour left following a technical glitch in the rocket.

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