The Odisha Government has made all the courses on Coursera free for its residents. One can not only access data science courses but also all other existing Coursera courses. The initiative was undertaken under the banner “Skilled in Odisha” to ensure people can upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow people of Odisha to come out stronger with new skills post the lockdown.
To get access to the Coursera platform for free, you will have to register for the special skill development program here. In addition to Coursera courses, the initiative also offers access to SAP ERP. You can choose either Coursera or SAP ERP based on your interest. However, Analytics Drift recommends opting for Coursera as you can learn from a wide range of courses right from data science to web development and android developments.
It has been a few weeks since the start of this initiative, but only a few aspirants have shown interest that is evident from the number of page visits (19337 at the time of writing this news). However, The Odisha Government will stop accepting requests for free access to these platforms on 29 September 2020.
Nevertheless, you can register for access by filling the necessary details like identity card number, name, phone no, email address, and current address. After the registration, you will get an email immediately with a registration id, which can be used for further communication. However, you will have to wait for a few days — around 1 to 5 days — before you get a final confirmation from the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) about your application after verifying the provided details/documents.
On receiving the final confirmation email, you can create your Coursera account with the email you provided during registration. But, if you already have a Coursera account with your email id, Coursera will automatically identify that you have been provided free access to all the courses by the Odisha Skill Development Authority.
You can enroll in multiple courses for free and get certificates post-completion. The access, however, will be revoked on 30 December 2020. Consequently, you will have to complete the courses before the free access ends to get the certificates.
Hurry up! Learn as much as you can in the next four months.