Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the 'SWAYAM Plus' platform that will offer courses developed collaboratively with the Industry on February 27. The India Institute of Technology Madras will be operating the ‘SWAYAM Plus Platform. The platform will provide employability and professional development‐focused programmes that have been developed by leading industry players such as L&T, Microsoft, CISCO, etc. to bring to its learners. The establishment of SWAYAM Plus would enhance the employability of both college students and lifelong learners. The Industry-academia partnership would combine the academic rigour of SWAYAM's educational platform with the real-world expertise and relevance offered by industry partners.  It will offer programs in sectors like Manufacturing, Energy, Computer Science and Engineering/IT/ITES, Management Studies, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Tourism besides Indian Knowledge Systems, amongst many others.