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Indian Govt-Backed Educational Portal to Offer Courses on Blockchain

June 13, 2019 14:51
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Indian government-backed educational project, Swayam has started offering courses on blockchain and blockchain architecture.

The project is backed by the Indian Government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and offers a free computer science course. On its website Swayam says, “The widespread popularity of digital cryptocurrencies has led the foundation of Blockchain, which is fundamentally a public digital ledger to share information in a trustworthy and secure way. The concept and applications of Blockchain have now spread from cryptocurrencies to various other domains, including business process management, smart contracts, IoT and so on.”

This course is a joint venture from academia and industry, where the target is to cover both the conceptual as well as application aspects of Blockchain. This includes the fundamental design and architectural primitives of Blockchain, the system and the security aspects, along with various use cases from different application domains, the website added.

While this is a great development, one can’t help but be confused by Bitcoin News’ version of the story. A paragraph from the article published on the portal said, ‘A learning platform called Swayam, which was initiated by the Indian Government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, is offering a free computer science course on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchains’. But, when we checked the site, it appears that there is no mention of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies.

The certificate exam is optional but it costs around Rs 1000 and it will be conducted across various cities throughout the country. This is not the first time, a government-backed institute is conducting blockchain courses.

Last year, Crypto-News India had reported that seven Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) were offering a course on blockchain technology. The IITs were namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee will offer this course.

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