India’s relationship with cryptocurrencies can be described as complex. Despite the nation’s enthusiastic community of crypto users, multiple organs of the Indian state do not mirror the zest of its citizens. In late April, there were multiple reports suggesting a proposed ban on cryptocurrencies in India.
Like China who has maintained a tight leech on the operations of cryptocurrencies whilst exploring possible applications of the nascent technology, the Indian government has set up a program to foster blockchain education amongst undergraduates.
A learning platform, Swayam will take undergraduates through a 12-week free computer science course on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Swayam is backed by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and will run from July 29 to October 18.
“Swayam seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.”
The course dubbed “Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases” is free to enroll. It covers topics such as “Basic Crypto Primitives”, “Introduction to Blockchain”, and “Distributed Consensus”. Although the program runs for free, individuals who need certificates will be required to pay Rs 1000 ($14) and write a proctored exam scheduled for November 17.
India’s Ministry of Human Resource has in recent times offered similar educational courses. In July 2018 and January 2019, the Ministry engaged NPTEL to run a similar course. Over 35,000 people have participated in the training between July last year and January this year.