Many Indian undergraduates are familiar with NPTEL courses that provide video lectures on several subjects for free. It falls under the Indian government-backed program called Swayam that aims to facilitate the best learning resources to all, free of cost.
Now, a new crypto and blockchain course titled, “Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Applications” has been added to the program.
This 12-week interactive course is free for all to enroll and learn from. The course covers the basics of Bitcoin and concepts of hashing, public key cryptosystems, private vs public blockchain and use cases, hash puzzles, etc.
The AICTE-approved course also discusses cryptocurrency like Ethereum and other related concepts such as smart contracts and hyperledger.
The description on Swayam says that the course is free to enroll and learn from. However, if you want a certificate for the same, you’d have to register and appear for a proctored exam conducted by the platform at a designated exam center.
To apply for the certification and exam (optional), individuals will have to pay a fee of Rs 1000.
Cities that have previously held exams for other Swayam courses include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thane, and Ahmedabad.
The exam would be held on 25th April 2020 and more announcements will be made when the registration form is open.
This is a great initiative for those who are interested in venturing further in this field. Given that India’s regulatory framework for cryptocurrency is already under work, getting educated on blockchain and cryptocurrency will help several Indian undergraduates.