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Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi, Delhi
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi, Delhi
Address:Block 9, Maidan Garhi
New Delhi (District New Delhi)
Delhi, IndiaPin Code : 110068
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Open University.
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi is also known as IGNOU.
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi was established on / in 1985.
Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi is situated in New Delhi of Delhi state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. New Delhi comes under New Delhi Tehsil, New Delhi District.
Fax # of Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi is 011-29536588/ 650863/ 6868492/ 29533062.
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Website of Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi is www.ignou.ac.in, www.ignouline.ac.in.
Contact Details of Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi are : Telephone: +91-11-29532321, 29532374, 29571122, 6865923-33
Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Devendra K Chaudhary expired on 13.11.2010. He heirs are Dr Kiran Devendra (Wife), Smt Prabha Rani Sharma (Mother in Law), Divymanu and Priyanka (Son and daughter in law) etc.
CoursesIndira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi runs course(s) in Education stream(s).
PG Diploma in Clinical Cardiology (PGDCC), MEd. BEd, PGPD, PGPC
Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
This programme will equip the in-service doctors with knowledge and skills in the field of Geriatric Medicine and further enable them to deal with the special problems faced by the elderly
Eligibility : MBBS doctors
Duration : Minimum 1 year Maximum 3 years.
Profile of Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOUIntroduction
Indira Gandhi National Open University came into being on September 20, 1985, by an Act of Parliament (1985) to achieve the following objectives:
democratizing higher education by taking education to the doorsteps of the learners;
providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications;
offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses;
as an apex body, setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country.
April 2007: 18 Students of IGNOU are selected by ICICI Bank as a part of Campus Recruitment. Of them, 10 students were from New Delhi while 8 were from Kolkata.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been ranked 15th in India in terms of its visibility on the internet and scholarly papers on the worldwide web, university vice chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai said on Sunday.
The ranking by Spain-based public research institution Cybermetric Lab was based on the number of people who searched the details related to the varsity through four search engines - Google, Yahoo, Live Search and Exalead.
"Our web presence is very important to us. As a university in the open and distance learning space, it is important for an institution like IGNOU to harness technology and use the latest communication tools to reach out to students," said Pillai. IANS
Profile of University
Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning with international recognition and presence, shall provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill up gradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for massive human resource required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.
Medium of instruction & examinations is Assamese, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi and Punjabi Academic session commences in November for B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. and January for other courses Annual examinations are held during June & December Notification: May/June Last date: June/July
Vision And Mision
Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning with international recognition and presence, shall provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill up gradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for massive human resource required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.
To advance frontiers of knowledge and promote its dissemination through sustainable open and distance learning systems seamlessly accessible to all, including hitherto unreached, from among whom the leaders and innovators of tomorrow will emerge, the University shall:
Strengthen the development of national resource centre as a proactive role model for high quality and learner-centric open and distance learning system.
Share professional capabilities and resources to improve standards of distance education in the country.
Assess and accredit institutions of open and distance learning periodically to promote centres of excellence in the country.
Develop networks using emerging technologies and methods with global reach for effective programme delivery.
Provide an intelligent flexible system of education to meet the challenges of access and equity and work towards development of knowledge society.
Forge convergence of all systems and work for seamless education across national boundaries to develop global collaboration and partnership.
Take education to the hitherto unreached and promote community participation for local development through life-coping skills.
Provide specific need-based education and training opportunities for continuous professional development and skill up gradation to in-service professionals.
Strive towards continuous development of methods and strategies for R&D for knowledge generation in frontier areas, including open and distance learning.
Promote integration of open and formal systems to facilitate learner mobility through credit transfer and credit exemption arrangements with partner institutions.
1. Total Quality Management
In the last sixteen years, IGNOU, with high quality self-learning materials and offerings of innovative programmes in diverse areas, has established itself as a national resource centre and provider of quality education at par with other national and international institutions of higher learning. The University will have to make focussed efforts to sustain this hard-earned credibility by continuously improving the quality of learning materials, student support services, system of assessment and professional development of academic and non-academic staff. TQM will remain the highest priority in all areas of operation of the University along with encouraging SOUs, CCIs, and other providers of distance learning to adopt a holistic management strategy.
2. Increasing the Enrolment
The demand for higher education in the country has grown enormously. The growth of enrolment in conventional universities has been 5% in the 9th Five Year Plan. Moreover, the higher education system caters only to about 9 million learners, which constitute about 7.5% of the eligible group (between 17-23 years). The share of ODL system in this is about 20%. The Government of India has, in the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007), mandated an annual growth rate of 30% for the ODL system so that its share increases to about 40% in the overall enrolment. This is a gigantic task, with system-wide implications.
3. Strengthening Faculty and Attracting Fresh Talent
To maintain high academic standards and to compete in the fast-changing global environment of educational services, no institution can continue to be relevant without offering new programmes. This necessitates recruitment of expertise on a regular basis. A dynamic system like IGNOU needs dedicated staff with vast experience, expertise and capability to research in newer areas (including that of ODL) and constantly keep its academic offerings at the cutting edge of quality and societal needs. The University would like to strengthen the existing faculty, attract new talent, and nurture them through better human resource development policies.
4. Widening Areas of Study
IGNOU at present offers programmes in about 30 established disciplines and a few inter-disciplinary areas. There is a growing realisation that newer and diverse programmes must be added, without compromising with the needs of the traditional disciplines. Since IGNOU has established its presence in the international arena, its programmes must incorporate international perspectives, and respond to contemporary issues. We need to develop and offer Programmes in Agriculture and Law and courses in Bio-technology, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Telecommunications, Conflict Resolution and Peace, Bio-informatics, Population Studies, e-Commerce.
5. Research and Scholarship
Research, both systemic and discipline based, is crucial for the growth and academic credibility of any system. For the growth of faculty, creation of new knowledge and its dissemination are a must. Research in the areas of course development, media-mix, teaching-learning methods, student learning, learner support, programme evaluation, assessment systems, and learner retentivity and success shall be high priority areas.
6. Increasing Access - Reaching the Unreached
IGNOU, with its diverse programmes, low cost and a wide network, has succeeded in attracting a significant group of learners from amongst the disadvantaged. However, a significant cross-section of people still remains outside its reach. The University is mandated to reach them. Specific efforts shall be made for providing access to education and equity in opportunities to women, SC/STs, people living in rural areas, geographically remote terrains and tribal regions, differently-abled, and socially and economically weaker sections of society. Gifted students need special attention and shall form a focussed target group. Building greater flexibility in the system shall help it widen its access.
7. Effective Student Support
Providing effective student support services is crucial for learner satisfaction and their success. The University, convinced of this, has succeeded in creating a wide network of Regional Centres (RCs) and Study Centres (SCs) across the length and breadth of the country. There is, however, a need to gear up student support services further and render it more effective. It has become particularly important now because of the growing local, regional and international competition faced by the University in the context of WTO and GATS.
8. Extension Education
Extension has always been recognised as the third important dimension of higher education. It involves taking knowledge and its applications to the community. The thrust of the University would be to generate a literacy movement (including information technology literacy) by involving all sections of society and training the workforce to meet the challenges of the emerging professional and social needs. Extension programmes which promote local integrated development and create self-employment for poorer people and those living in rural and backward areas will be focussed on.
9. Electronic Media in Education
It is now recognised that ICT can provide convenient and effective tools to meet the emerging needs of diversified groups. IGNOU is running a 24-hour educational TV channel Gyan Darshan and a radio-cooperative Gyan Vani. There is provision of two-way tele-conferencing, interactive radio counselling, and local FM radio. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has identified IGNOU as the nodal agency for collaborating with and developing capacities in SOUs, CCIs as well as other conventional universities/educational institutions for application of multiple electronic media. The University shall strive to develop a national network using emerging technologies, to meet the challenges of access and equity. The thrust shall be towards strengthening on-line delivery of education, establishment of community-based multi-purpose tele-learning centres for ICT-enabled education, training and development.
10. International Impact of IGNOU
As of now, the overseas presence of the University is mainly confined to some regions of Asia and a few countries of Africa. For historical, cultural and economic reasons, it is possible to extend the reach of our programmes much beyond. Moreover, to reach the Indian diaspora, who would be interested in continuing cultural contact with India, IGNOU intends to target the requirements of this group. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region and large parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the South Pacific Region could be potential catchment areas. This shall necessitate internationalisation of the curriculum and greater use of ICT.
11. Building Dynamism in the System
At present, the time from conceptualisation of a major programme and offering it, on an average, is 4-5 years. With the lowering of knowledge doubling time, the rate of obsolescence of knowledge is very high and it is possible that for a degree programme, our learners may get dated knowledge while still pursuing the course. To build dynamism in the system and respond to the changing environment, programme development time must be substantially curtailed. The University would like to reduce response time in activities such as student registration, material despatch, continuous as well as term-end evaluation, etc.
12. Mobilisation of Resources
It is well known that Governments (Central and State) have been major sources of funding, particularly in the higher education sector, largely due to the conviction that education is a social obligation, and an essential vehicle for individual empowerment and national development. However, the on-set of the twin phenomena of globalisation and liberalisation has led the funding agencies to encourage educational institutions to generate resources and offer self-supporting programmes. That is to say, resource mobilisation is the responsibility of the Universities as well. IGNOU has witnessed a continuous decline in non-plan funding, this is bound to generate pressure on the financial health of the University. There is therefore an immediate need to evolve newer strategies for mobilising resources so that the University can continue to work for its mandated objectives without hindrance. Maximising non-monetary inputs, bringing cost-effectiveness in operations, and economy in spending shall be the guiding principles
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Media coverage of Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi Delhi, Delhi
Ignou starts anti-human trafficking courseNAGPUR: Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) is starting a special course called anti-human trafficking from the coming academic session. The six month course was earlier launched by union home minister P Chidambaram in the capital, and now students in the city can enrol for the same.
Regional director of Ignou P Sivaswaroop said, Students who have cleared Std XII can apply for the course before July 15. Special classes for this course will be held on Sundays at Guru Nanak Bhavan building. The fee is Rs 1,000 and we hope students will find this a beneficial knowledge addition.
IGNOU launches dip in women and gender studiesNew Delhi, May 12: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Thursday launched a post-graduate diploma programme in women and gender studies, a university statement said.
The one-year programme will commence from July. It is being offered by IGNOUs School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS).The course will help to examine womens and gender issues from an academic perspective, the statement said. The eligibility for this programme is graduation in any discipline. Even professionals working in media, legal sectors and NGOs can take this programme for betterment of career opportunities within their respective fields, it added. The last date for submitting applications for the programme is July 15.
IGNOU launches diploma in women and gender studiesThe Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched a post-graduate diploma programme in women and gender studies, a university statement said.
The one-year programme will commence from July. It is being offered by IGNOUs School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS).
The course will help to examine women and gender issues from an academic perspective, the statement said. The eligibility for this programme is graduation in any discipline.
Even professionals working in media, legal sectors and NGOs can take this programme for betterment of career opportunities within their respective fields, it added.
The last date for submitting applications for the programme is July 15.
Students protest Indira Gandhi National Open University campus closureStudents of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), protesting the reported shutting down of on-campus courses, failed to meet acting vice-chancellor M. Aslam on Monday to clear the air.Around 700 students enrolled in the universitys 25 on-campus courses are worried as the notification for their courses havent appeared yet. They are generally issued in the third week of April.
The students alleged that the acting V-C has decided against continuing with the on-campus courses, as these are illegal according to the precepts of the open university.
IGNOU gets $9.5 mn Japanese aidThe Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has received a $9.5 million (Rs.47 crore) grant from the Japanese government, a statement said on Thursday.
This is the third grant-in-aid from Japan and the money would be used to produce quality educational programmes at the IGNOUs Electronic Media Production Centre -- the hub of electronic and broadcast media that produces films aimed at reaching the learners using a variety of communication technologies.
This bilateral cooperation between the two countries, in the form of the current grant-in-aid programme, would augur well for the future especially in the light of the rapid advances made in the field of ICTs (information and communication technology) and the tremendous growth witnessed in the open and distance education methodologies, said IGNOU Vice Chancellor M. Aslam.
Under the agreement, the Japanese government will help in procuring a range of equipments to realize the digitalization and programme production of IGNOU more effectively.
The equipment has already arrived and the installation including the operation training will be completed by the end of June.
The university has been a recipient of the Japanese grant-in-aid on two earlier occasions - in 1988 and and 1993 - for improving itof educational technological facilities.
Science quiz for jail inmantes by IGNOUIndira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU has organized a Science Quiz for jail inmates of Central Prison in Nagpur.
As many as 30 questions were asked and prisoners displayed a tremendous amount of knowledge with their quick replies even before the question could be completed, authorities said.
The event was a joint initiative between the IGNOU and Nagpur chapter of the Indian Science Congress.
The winners were awarded merit certificates and a book on science on the sidelines of the National Science Day on February 28.
Vice-Chancellor of RSTM Nagpur University, Vilas Sapkal, IGNOU Regional Director Dr P Shivaswroop and
Superintendent of Central Prison here V V Shekdar distributed certificates to the winning inmates at a function here yesterday.
Central Prisons in Nagpur and Amravati are the IGNOU Study Centres in Vidarbha from among 13 districts of Vidarbha (nine districts) and Marathwada (three districts).
IGNOU gets new website on Republic DayA new and improved web site of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), with easy access to regional centres, was inaugurated here on Thursday.
Developed jointly by IANS and the varsitys computer division, the inauguration was done by vice chancellor M Aslam after
unfurling the tricolour at the campus on Republic Day. The web site has a better look, easier accessibility and more user-friendly.
The sites have a unified structure and common format unlike earlier when the regional centre web sites were having different formats, said Aslam.The vice chancellor further said that all regional centres of IGNOU would soon have their own buildings.
The university is planning to a 24-hour mini hospital with facilities like ENT, dental and cardiac treatment. We will soon have regular medical check-up of all employees to keep them healthy, said Aslam.IGNOU has a presence in 43 countries. The Universities of Berkley and Maryland in the US have shown interest in faculty exchange with IGNOU.
IGNOU, which started with two courses and 4,000 students in 1985, has evolved into one of the worlds largest varsities by offering about 450 programmes. It now has over three million students on its rolls.
Insurance company refuses to recognise IGNOU, Jamia degreesJodhpur: Rajasthan High Court has issued notice to United India Insurance and demanded a reply within four days regarding a promotion issue that was under hearing at the court.
The insurance company refused to give the status of a graduate to a BA degree holder from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). It also considered an Urdu graduate from Jamia, Aligarh to be equivalent to a tenth class pass.
Notices have been sent to the chief of the company, its chief managerial director and promotion authority. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari heard the petition that was filed by Moolaram who is currently working with the Nagaur branch of United India Company. The petitioner cleared his graduates examinations from IGNOU in 2005 and the company had recognised him as a graduate from 2005 to 2008. However, during procedures for promotion on September 26, 2011, the company refused to recognize him as a graduate.
Similarly, Adib, who is an Urdu graduate from Jamia University, Aligarh, was considered not even a tenth pass.
The high court has sought details on the procedures for promotion in the private company.
IGNOU to have centre for the deafNew Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will inaugurate the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) for the deaf community Oct 4, the varsity announced on Sunday.
The centre has been set up with the support of the social justice and empowerment ministry.
The centre is the realisation of the long cherished dream of the deaf community in India. It is an exclusive education project for teaching, learning, training and capacity building for the vast deaf population. It will be a full time teaching and training center for Indian Sign Language combined with distance teaching-learning opportunities, said IGNOU Vice Chancellor V. N.
Rajasekharan Pillai in a statement.This research centre is the first of its kind in India with centres attached to IGNOU. There will be zonal-regional centers in different geographic regions of the country. The center would consist of short term, medium and full fledged programmes for both the un-trained and experienced teachers of the deaf schools, he added.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik and Human Resource Development and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal will be present at the inauguration Tuesday.
IGNOU to offer electronics, IT coursesNew Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Thursday said it will offer diploma and degree programmes in advanced information and communication technology and electronics.
The varsity has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and will develop full and part time courses.
The master of technology programme would consist of specific set of course work for one year, followed by a project of one-year duration, an IGNOU statement said.
Indias neighbourhood situation a challengeThe situation in Indias neighbourhood poses various challenges for the country and there is a need to strengthen the internal fabric to meet it, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday.
Global security environment continues to be a cause of concern and the situation in our neighbourhood poses various challenges. There is a pressing need to strengthen the internal fabric of our society and nation to meet such challenges, Antony said here.
He was addressing a gathering of senior army officials after inaugurating Gyandeep Centre of Excellence in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), which will provide higher education to army personnel for their post retirement career avenues.
Applauding the efforts made by the Army to train its soldiers for alternate career once they retire from service, Antony said empowerment of soldiers is an important issue which must be addressed and monitored at all levels.
Today soldiers are well educated and technology savvy, the effort of empowerment of our soldiers will go a long way. It will also enhance competence of our soldiers while providing them second career alternatives once they retire, he said.
Stressing on the need to create educational infrastructure along with credible certification methods, he said, These veterans from the armed forces must be integrated with our society as they would continue to work with the same dedication and commitment that they displayed as members of the armed forces.
Addressing the conference, Army Chief Gen V K Singh said, Our aim is to empower our JCOs and jawans who get a great amount of education and military training which needs to be certified and to ensure a greater capacity building for our officers.
IGNOU to launch post-graduate medical programmesNew Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is to launch a series of post graduate medical programmes.A varsity statement said the School of Health Sciences (SOHS) of IGNOU will be launching a medical cell wherein a series of post graduate medical programmes having national and social relevance shall be launched.
The statement said The school is initiating the planning and development of three full-time PG medical programmes of two year duration each. These are Post Graduate Diploma in Anaesthesia, Post Graduate Diploma in Radio-Diagnosis and Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Medicine for those with MBBS degree.
It said These programmes aim of solving the need of trained doctors in the above specialties.
According to UNESCO, IGNOU is the worlds largest Open University, with its student base extending to three million.
IGNOU entrance exams to start from Aug 21Raipur: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will be organising entrance examination for its courses on August 21.More than 1,74,987 students will be appearing for the entrance exam. The test will be held in 311 centers across India.IGNOU Regional Director Dr H Sangita said admit cards have already been dispatched to the students.Sangita said those students who have failed to receive their admit cards can download them from official website of IGNOU.
IGNOU to offer 7 new diploma coursesIndira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced seven new diploma courses as part of its distance learning programmes on novel subjects, including Yoga and Mediation.
The prorgramme was meant for academic drop-outs and those who could not continue their education for various reasons, a top IGNOU official said on Tuesday.
Director of State Resource Centre of IGNOU, Dr Sundareswaran Nair said the new courses would include a combined course on Yoga-Meditation-Personality development.
There would also be diploma courses on subjects like Beauty care Management, Accupressure and Holistic Medicine.
Every course would be job-oriented and they would be given technichal and academic support by IGNOU.
IGNOU unveils e-resourcesThe Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), on Monday, activated the Remote Access To E-resources (RATE) as well as the new administration building, which will provide greater on-campus facilities to the existing and future students.
The RATE facility, unveiled by CP Joshi, union
minister for road transport and highways, is aimed at providing access to e-resources, e-journals, e-books from anywhere, all throughout the week. The facility has been opened to academics, faculty, regional centres, research and teaching assistants (RTAs), researchers and to on-campus students at the initial level.
We are the first central university to launch its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) which now has reduced the manual work of the university officials for the back office operations such as recruitment, leaves and sundry bills. Things which are meant to be done on a routine basis will now be done with the help of the ERP powered by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), said Prof. Latha Pillai, pro vice-chancellor, IGNOU.
IGNOU students can access study material onlineThe Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Saturday introduced a system by which its students can access their lectures and notes online. The system is called Remote Access to E-resources (RATE). It will enable IGNOU students to access their books, journals and other study material from anywhere.Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi inaugurated the RATE.
RATE has been made open to academics, faculty, regional centres, research and teaching assistants, researchers and to on-campus students at the initial level.Joshi also inaugurated the new administration building and delivered a lecture on Rural Empowerment and Panchayati Raj Institutions at the IGNOU campus in New Delhi.
Explaining the role of Panchayati Raj system, the minister said, The Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) are playing an important role in the implementation of educational projects and programmes in rural areas. They can also play a significant role in effective implementation of distance education programmes in rural India.Barring a few states, in most of them PRIs are not adequately and actively involved in development activities, he said.It is required to accelerate the process of interaction of citizens in general and youth and women in particular, with the PRIs, he added.
Two lakh students join IGNOU community collegesNew Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has enrolled over two lakh students in about 600 community colleges in the last three years, Monday.The IGNOU community colleges across the country offer vocational education, skill development and work integrated learning scheme.
Vice Chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai said Community college system the world over is the most open and flexible pattern of post-secondary education, life-long learning and skill development.
According to the vice chancellor, key features like open education practices, flexi-time approach, technology-enabled teaching and learning, online and distance learning, work-integrated learning etc. are the reasons behind the surge in its popularity.He said These colleges provide a supplementary route to higher education through an appropriate mix of skills and academic knowledge.Pillai said the Pondicherry Central University had started the first community college in the country and is now augmenting the community colleges by appointing faculty and creating other facilities.He said In Tamil Nadu, all state universities have recently decided to start 10 community colleges each.As per IGNOU, community colleges are an alternative system of education which aim to empower individuals through appropriate skill development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with the local industry and community.
They generally have a two-year curriculum that either leads to an associate degree for transfer to an undergraduate college or to the students direct entry into any occupation or trade.
IGNOU to train CISF jawans on terrorismFor the first time in the country, jawans of a central force will take lessons in security operations and counter-terrorism from a national university to gel their physical training with textbook knowledge.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was on Wednsday signed between the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for ensuring higher education to jawans and officers of the force.
The Army, Navy and Air Force currently run such programmes for their personnel and officers.
The CISF guards the countrys major airports, aerospace and nuclear installations and the Delhi Metro.
According to the MoU, the unique programme will provide CISF personnel to pursue the degrees of Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and bridge programme for matriculates.
Growing need for disaster managementIn India, there are many areas which are often affected by natural calamity or manmade disasters. They have become top priority for the government. As a result, the study of Disaster Management (DM) has been included in the curriculum of many private and government-run institutes in India. DM is the study which deals with all kinds of disasters and ways to reduce the shocking effects of a disaster on a country, state or community and help them return to normal life. This management includes issues like monitoring search and rescue operations, providing relief, reconstructing homes and organising rehabilitation programmes.
The basic educational qualification for DM courses at the certificate, diploma or graduate level is 10+2. For a masters or MBA, one should be a graduate in any field like engineering, medicine etc.
Jobs in DM are generally in the public sector. Apart from that, students can build a career in emergency services and law enforcement, or join local authorities, relief agencies, non-governmental organisations and international agencies such as the UNO. Those at entry level can earn between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000 per month. Well-experienced candidates can be paid up to Rs 1,50,000 per month.
Manesar college offers diploma in BPO trainingWith an aim to provide skilled manpower to the BPO industry, the Haryana government, in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), has set up a community college in Manesar. Both Haryana and IGNOU have invested Rs1crore each as seed money to set up the institute
spread across 25,000 square feet area.
The college, an initiative of Haryana IGNOU Society for Community Education and Training (HISCET), will offer five courses starting July.It will also offer a year-long diploma in business process outsourcing (BPO). Other courses include certificate courses in four different disciplines — security management, front office management, fire safety and housekeeping. For the BPO course, only Class 12 students can apply, whereas for other courses any student who has passed Class 10 can apply.We have followed the American model of education wherein industry-based learning is imparted to churn out skilled manpower, said Rajiv Vasudeva, principal of the government polytechnic in Manesar where the college will be housed.
The college, through IGNOU, has partnered with several companies, including Accenture. Students will use training laboratories and the shop floor of the industry partners for the course. For theory lessons, students will spend time on campus, said Ravin Ahuja, assistant registrar, HISCET.Proximity to industries in Manesar will act as a boon because the college looks forward to tie-ups with industries located nearby. So far, no residential accommodation has been made available but that should not deter students from far off places to study here, Ahuja said.
We are getting queries from as far as Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The college is expected to draw attention of students from all corners, Ahuja said.
Another important feature is flexibility of timings. Depending on the preference of students, classes will be held over weekends, weekdays or in the evening, added Vasudeva.
Tihar inmates receive job offers, courtesy IGNOUNew Delhi: Siddharth Jaitley, 29, was convicted of kidnapping and murder three years ago and sent to the Tihar Jail here. But instead of that being the end of the road for him, his prison stint actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he enrolled in the Indira Gandhi National Open Universitys degree programme for inmates and is today among the 40 prisoners offered jobs by various companies.
When I landed in jail, I was in trauma and depression and everything was ruined for me. But now, there is a ray of hope that when I get out, I can earn my livelihood easily, said Jailtey, who will be working as a marketing executive with Agrawal Packers and Movers after his term ends in six months.
Jaitley received his appointment letter on Thursday.
IGNOUs Free Education for Prisoners initiative was launched in 2010, offering various certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
Jailtey, for example, enrolled in the masters programme in public administration at the universitys study centre in the jail.The same is the case with several other inmates who got a new lease of life through IGNOUs first-ever Tihar placement drive, which was held two months ago.Seven companies, including Vedanta Enterprises, Good Housekeeping and ASP Sealing Products, interviewed 46 learners.
Of them, 40 were given appointment letters for jobs ranging from accountants to computer operators, store managers, marketing and pharmaceutical sales representatives, a jail official said.
Forty-six inmates were chosen by prison authorities for the placement drive as they fulfilled three criteria - impeccable conduct inside the jail, who were to be released within a year and who were keen to rehabilitate themselves and lead a new life, said Neeraj Kumar, Director General (Prisons), Tihar Jail.Most of the inmates have completed their education and gained multiple graduation degrees in jail.
I was motivated inside the jail by officials, NGOs and IGNOU. I studied day and night. Now, I am about to complete my bachelors degree in tourism studies from IGNOU and also planning to pursue LL.B, says 26-year-old Dilip, who was booked under the Narcotics Act in 2005.The idea for such a placement session, Kumar said, stemmed from the need to help inmates in their rehabilitation after they were released.
For the first time, we are vouching to the corporate houses about the integrity and good conduct of these people. Many of the inmates received multiple offers. We have left the decision on selecting an offer on the candidates, Kumar said.According to Neeta Kapai, deputy director, Campus Placement Cell: This move has been a significant milestone in encouraging and rehabilitating prisoners in order to improve their quality of life post release.Study material and library facilities are provided to all inmates by IGNOU under the supervision of an IGNOU coordinator and support staff. Efforts are being made to provide study material in vernacular languages, said an official.Sandeep Bhatnagar, another inmate who was offered a job by one of the companies, said: This is not just an appointment letter. It is an assurance of a rehabilitated life in a society, which would have otherwise shunned me.
I can now hope for a speedy acquittal by sending this letter to the court to convince them to acquit me soon. I can assure my wife and children of a decent life in Delhi, he added.
Distance education will help poor: PurandeswariThe Union minister of state for human resources development, Ms D. Purandeswari, said the distance mode of education would help the poor to acquire skills and also increase the overall literacy rate in the country.
Inaugurating the regional centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) here on Tuesday, she said the poor and those belonging to backward communities unable to pursue higher education could learn them at home. She suggested that community schools should also be developed. In spite of odds, the country could acquire 65 per cent of literacy, she pointed out. She requested the Ignou vice- chancellor, Prof. V.S. Rajasekharan Pillai, to set up Ignou zonal office at Hyderabad. Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, Ignou regional services director Dr B.S. Sudhindra, regional director of Vija-yawada Dr M. Krishnaiah and ward corporator P. Vijay Chander participated.
New IGNOU centre for Tibetan studiesIn a bid to preserve and promote Tibetan culture, Indira Gandhi National Open University will set up a centre for Tibetan studies here.
A notification in this (establishment of the centre for Tibetan studies) regard has been issued by IGNOU, Tempa Tsering, a minister in Tibetan government-in-exile, said here on Saturday.
The centre will offer graduation, post graduation, M Phil and PhD programmes on Tibetan studies, Buddhist philosophy and theology.
The degrees will be issued jointly by IGNOU and Central University for Tibetan Studies (CUTS).
Studying in a private college? Feb 17 meeting to seal your fateIndore: The fate of students studying in unaccredited private colleges in the state will be sealed in a February 17 meeting convened by Prabhanshu Kamal, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, it emerged on Tuesday. The decisions regarding the closure of unauthorised colleges and raids on more private institutes are expected to be taken in this meeting, which is to be attended by top education officials.
Even as sources in higher education told Dainik Bhaskar that the department wants students of unaccredited colleges to be transferred to Bhoj, Makhanlal Chaturvedi and Indira Gandhi Open universities, experts believe the process is not going to be an easy one, especially with many students having completed two or more semesters. Also, many of the courses in private colleges are not offered by any of the three universities.Meanwhile, private colleges and legal experts have questioned the methodology of the education department. They say non-government institutes that are affiliated to universities outside Madhya Pradesh can function after obtaining a no objection certificate (NOC) from the government as per the regulations of the higher education department.They are now demanding that the higher education give them time to get the NOC.
IGNOU to educate Haryana’s inmatesChandigarh: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will help inmates of a jail in Haryana to complete their graduation in various disciplines. A jail spokesman said under trials and other prisoners at the Neemka jail in Faridabad district will be provided books and other reading material by the university to pursue BA, BCom and other degrees.
The prisoners will be able to complete their studies in jail. The education will help them after their term is completed, the spokesman added
Cops to be trained in human rights onlineNew Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) along with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Tuesday launched an online training programme to sensitise police personnel on human rights.
Going by the number of complaints received in the commission, sometimes it feels that the police is growing insensitive, NHRC member P.C. Sharma said.They need to change their attitude towards women, children, Dalits and helpless people, he added.
According to an NHRC official, keeping in view the tight schedule of the police personnel, the five-day-long tailor made programme aims to equip them with the knowledge of human rights and it can be applied while dealing with the public.The first basic programme launched today was attended by the police personnel in three police academies in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. They had an online interaction with the chairperson and other members of the commission on human rights related issues, the official said.Giving details about the programme, the official said that on the first three days, participants will be taught six units through interactive lectures using multimedia tools.
On the fourth and the fifth day, interactive counselling sessions will be held, wherein all the participants and the programme coordinators will interact through web-conferencing.
The interactive sessions during the training will help in understanding the practical difficulties and experiences, thereby bridging the gap between the police and the common man, the official said.
BSE offers MBA courseAspiring management graduates will be able to apply for a new management course this year launched by the Bombay Stock Exchange Training Institute with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi. The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding launching a two-year full-time MBA specialising in Financial Markets at the BSE building on Dalal Street on Friday.
The course structure is more dynamic than anything that currently exists and will cover various modules such as corporate governance, risk management and so on, said Ambarish Datta, managing director and chief executive officer of the Institute. Its like NASA teaching space technology. We will be able to give students a ringside view of how the market works.
Admissions will open in the last week of January and the intake in the first batch will be between 60 to 100 seats. Classes will be held at the Dalal Street building and will begin in May 2011. The fee for the two-year course will be approximately Rs 2 lakhs.
The course being offered is a full-time degree specially designed to suit the requirements of students planning to make a career in financial markets, said VN Rajasekharan Pillai, vice-chancellor of IGNOU, in a press release.
We plan to cover vital concepts related to exchanges which will help out students spearhead the financial industry.
Community college offers low-cost educationGurgaon got its first community college in Naya Gaon village in Sohna region. Registered with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) under its Community College Scheme, the Navjyoti Community College offers structured courses with credit system. The courses include English language speaking, home care, interview and communication skills, computers, animation, web designing, fashion designing, retail management, herbal plantations, general knowledge, law and herbal plantation.
The students will be charged Rs. 500 per month as fees. Similar colleges would be opened in Karala (near Rohini), Bawana (near Narela) and Jahangirpuri but this will be done in phases, said Kiran Bedi, general secretary of Navjyoti India Foundation and a retired IPS officer. On Sunday, she visited the nearby Khedla village to create awareness about the facility.
Bedi said, I will go from village to village and motivate people to join the college and take advantage of this B-School for marginalised. In addition to employment, many can also look forward to joining mainstream courses run by regular colleges. Next Sunday, I will visit another Abhey Pur village.
Spread over 3 acres in Naya Gaon village, the college was inaugurated by IGNOU vice chancellor Professor Raj Shekhran Pillai on Saturday. The college has tied up with the British Council for English language training, Vedanta Foundation for computers and placements; and with Ozone Pharma for herbal plants training. We will organise a placement mela and also post the names of the participants on the website for employment, Bedi said.
Students will receive IGNOU certificates on completion of the course.
NIIT ropes in Ignou for professional coursesIT training firm NIIT on Saturday partnered with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to launch industry-linked study programmes, aimed at enhancing the employability of the youth. Under the partnership, IGNOU and NIIT will offer Executive MBA Program and BSc (IT) for international markets along with other courses in BPO training, IT skills and professional skills, NIIT said in a statement.
Im pleased to launch the Executive MBA Programme for working professionals in India and BSc (IT) for international markets in partnership with NIIT. This is in continuation of the IGNOU-NIIT collaboration, wherein we had recently announced Finishing School Programs for enhancing employability, IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai said.
While enrolment for the MBA programme has already begun, the admission for the BSc course will begin in January next year. Admission for other courses under the partnership would begin by end of this month.
The executive MBA program will set a new precedent in providing inclusive management education for working professionals, NIIT Chairman Rajendra S Pawar said.Students opting for the IGNOU-NIIT programmes will get placement support from NIIT, read the statement.
While IGNOU will approve admission, design curriculum, consolidate results and award degrees, NIIT will design (in consultation with IGNOU), market and deliver the programme.IGNOU and NIIT had entered into global partnership earlier this year to collaborate in various domains including Information Technology and Management.
IGNOU to offer course in environmental lawThe Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would start a new course on environmental law from July 2010, a varsity official said Friday. The post graduate diploma course would be run by IGNOU in association with the World Wide Funds (WWF-India) Centre for Environmental Law related stories
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V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, the IGNOU vice chancellor, said: Real development will happen only if the environment is sustained. I hope that the new programme will present the right perspective of development to the students.
He added that IGNOU is also interested in introducing programmes in conservation of species and biodiversity. IGNOU may also offer these programmes to other universities.
Ravi Singh, secretary general and CEO of WWF-India, said the new course would hopefully spread knowledge and awareness about enviro-legal matters to a wider audience.
The main issue facing environmentalists today is the dearth of knowledge among the common people about the repercussions of climate change and dwindling number of species, Singh said.
The CEL is already offering an online diploma in environment law and has so far trained 500 students.
The collaboration with IGNOU is expected to increase the reach of the programme to a wider section of society, Pillai said.
A masters programme in environmental law is also on the anvil, he said.
n Khurshid to Sibals rescue on Jamia issueMinority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said the Capitals Jamia Millia Islamia deserved to be a university with a minority character and his colleague Kapil Sibal, the human resource minister, did not have a stand to the contrary, as many Muslims think. Let me clear this misgiving. I am convinced Sibal has no such position on Jamia. In fact, he is of the view that those fighting for Jamias minority status should immediately approach high court and diligently explore all options, said Khurshid at a meeting of a dozen MPs and Muslim leaders from Delhi.
Several Muslim leaders said they would turn voters from Chandi Chowk, Sibals constituency, against Sibal if he stood in the way of Jamias minority status.
Though a central university with an Islamic ethos, Jamia Millia Islamia, set up in 1920, is struggling to clear the ambiguity surrounding its status.
Muslim MPs, who met at the India Islamic Centre, assured the Jamia Minority Status Coordination Committee (JMSCC) that they would shun political differences to put pressure on the government to help Jamia get a minority institution certificate.
Khurshid said contrary to perception, he had no qualms about taking up the issue of Jamias minority status.
My being a minister does not act as a restraint on me. I wouldnt have been here if that was the case, he said.
Khurshids grandfather Dr. Zakir Hussain, Indias third President, was one of the founder fathers of the university.
In a letter last month to Jamia Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung, the University Grants Commission asked the university to immediately reserve 27 per cent seats for students from Other Backward Classes or else central grant to it could be discontinued.
The Jamia coordination committee wants this to be put on hold, as implementing the OBC quota would weaken its bid for a minority tag.
Former HRD minister Arjun Singh had exempted us from implementing the OBC quota. We want Sibal to do the same, said Tabrez Alam, Jamia Teachers Association secretary.
Najeeb Jung is new vice chancellor of Jamia MilliaEx-civil servant Najeeb Jung has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia university. He is likely to join work from Thursday. Jung—an internationally known expert on energy—will take over from incumbent Mushirul Hasan, who was also one of the three names short-listed for the post.
The third contender was serving IAS officer Afzal Amanullah, who is principal secretary, home, in Bihar.
Jung studied at St. Stephens college, Delhi and the London School of Economics, London, before joining the IAS in 1973 batch.
According to sources, the HRD ministry had already decided not to give another term to Hasan, since a large section of political heavyweights led by a central minister from UP had lobbied against a second term for Hasan.
Though HRD minister Kapil Sibal had supported Hasans case, he is said to have relented to pressure from the Congress.
Jung quit the service after his stint as joint secretary (exploration) in the petroleum ministry.
Jung played a crucial role in the privatization of ONGCs Panna-Mukta oilfield that went to a consortium of Reliance-ONGC and British Gas.
Jung also had a stint in the Asian Development Bank. Later, he became director, energy research, in Reliance-run Observer Research Foundation. Jung is currently pursuing his PhD on energy economics from Oxford University.
Notably, at least 28 MPs had signed a letter requesting the President of India to ensure that Hasan was not reappointed the university head. The MPs, from across both Houses of Parliament, had talked about corruption allegations against Hasan and demanded an enquiry.
Hasan had been courting controversy for some time now. He had earlier opposed the conversion of Jamia into a minority educational institution, thus earning the ire of many Muslim leaders. However, a section of the academic community hailed his secular thoughts.
But his tenure as vice chancellor has seen repeated allegations of corruption, siphoning off money and nepotism.
Rajasthan High Court issues notices to JNVU, MGSU and MDS universitiesIn a bid to meet newer and more evolved needs of the market, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is gearing up to launch two undergraduate law programmes, which are inter-disciplinary in nature. The two full-time programmes — BBA-LLB and Bcom-LLB — are of five years each and will be started in collaboration with Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM) around January next year.
The courses are very unique in nature and we are aiming at equipping students with legal competence along with knowledge in management or commerce. We are proposing to enroll 80 students in each programme, said Srikrishna Deva Rao, Director of School of Law, IGNOU.
Though the universitys law school was established in 2005, it has till now only been offering several diploma and certificate courses.
This year, we started offering masters degree in Intellectual Property Law. With the BBA-LLB and Bcom-LLB programmes we will now for the first time start offering bachelors degree in law, added Rao.
Apart from masters in Intellectual Property Law, the school of law is offering three online programs and five distance education programmes.
In Delhi, the classes will either be conducted at the Delhi or Gurgaon campus of IILM. The two programmes are full time in nature and not distance learning.
We are currently waiting for approval of the Bar Council. However, we have already identified distinguished senior legal and management professionals who will help in formulating the curriculum for the courses, said Professor B Bhattacharya, vice chairperson, IILM.
ICWAI inks pact with IGNOUThe Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India has inked an agreement with Indira Gandhi National Open University, by which the latter would offer specialised graduate and post graduate courses in commerce stream for ICWAI students and members. These courses would enable the students improve their learning process by acquiring knowledge in new areas rather than concentrating on the same subjects, covered in the education scheme of ICWAI Course, IGNOU Regional Director, M Shanugham told reporters in Coimbatore on Saturday.
Courses would be offered in Hindi and English, he said. The 10+2 students can take admission in Foundation Course of ICWAI and specialised B.Com courses of IGNOU simultaneously Kunal Banerjee of ICWAI, who was also present, said. Similarly, Intermediate examination passed students of ICWAI and graduates can pursue final course of ICWAI and M Com simultaneously and common papers studied by a student in ICWAI course would be exempted in the respective specialised course designed by IGNOU exclusively for ICWAI students, he said. ICWAI also signed an MoU with Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy (CIMA), UK, for a fast track qualification for the cost accountants, needing them to pass only four papers in the UK curriculum, Banerjee said. A one year course on Certificate in Accounting Technicians has also been launched to address the heavy demand of trained accountants at Junior level in India, which would be around one million in the next three years, Banerjee said.
IGNOU is the largest varsity with presence in 35 nationsIndira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has emerged as the largest mega university offering education in India and in 35 other countries around the world. Prof S C Garg, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director, International Division of IGNOU, informed this in a release on Sunday.
-> IGNOUs academic programmes are on offer in Gulf countries like UAE, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Doha, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in Indian Ocean rim countries like Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles and SAARC members Nepal and Sri Lanka and South East Asian countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar.
In Africa, IGNOUs academic programmes are being offered in Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar and two centres in Ghana under collaboration with IICBA-UNESCO.
In collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Scheme (COL-RGF) , the students are admitted to PGDDE and MADE programmes from Lesotho, Nigeria, Swaziland, Namibia, Jamaica, Seychelles and Samoa. IGNOU programmes are also being offered in Kyrgyzstan and Fiji.
IGNOU has recently signed MoUs for offering IGNOUs programme with Universal Empire Institute of Technology, Dubai, Wisdom Institute of Technology, UAE, the University of Fiji, Distance Education Modernisation Project, Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka and Virtual University of Tunis, Tunisia, said Prof Garg.
As an outcome of the deliberation of GMUNET and ICDE, proposals have been received from the Open university (United Kingdom), University of South Africa, Open University Terbuka (Indonesia) and Zimbabwe Open University to develop joint programmes and enter into arrangements for faculty exchange to promote systematic research.
Under partnership arrangements to offer IGNOU programmes in the respective countries, negotiations are taking place with Payam-e-Noor University, Iran, University of Modern Sciences, Republic of Yemen and Afghanistan International University of Management Sciences.
IGNOU in Afghanistan
Students in Afghanistan can now pursue courses offered by IGNOU, with the educational institution all set to introduce its teaching programmes in the country this year.
We have entered into a collaboration with Afghanistan University of Management Sciences (AUMS), a private university there. We will conduct admission of students from this July session, said Pankaj Khare, Deputy Director, International Division of IGNOU.
He said students in Afghanistan have very limited opportunity for higher studies as there is hardly any state-funded university and a few ones control the higher education sector.
The students are very keen to get degrees from Indian universities, he said. AUMS had requested us to offer courses there because IGNOU charges a very nominal fee and has a very flexible academic schedule, Khare said. PTI
IGNOU launches biomedical waste management courseTHE INDIRA Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a biomedical waste management-training course for healthcare personnel in private as well as government sectors. The training module has been developed by IGNOU as per the WHO guidelines. The Madhya Pradesh Regional Centre started training of about 500 healthcare personnel across the State recently. The five government medical colleges have been made nodal centres for the training.
The training programme would involve various activities including segregation into various categories followed by efficient handling and transportation, and finally, disposal using eco-friendly techniques.Disposal includes incineration, deep burial, autoclaving, microwaving, disinfection, shredding, drug disposal in secured landfills, chemical treatment and proper discharge.
IGNOU regional director Dr K S Tiwari told that as per the Biomedical Waste Management-Handling Rules, 1998, it is mandatory for all types of healthcare units to ensure proper segregation, handling and disposal of waste.
He said that biomedical wastes infect 1,000 persons everyday. This infected group includes poor children, mainly rag pickers, those residing near heaps of toxic waste and anyone who handles this waste carelessly.
HIV and Hepatitis B are most common and fatal infections. People entrusted with handling of this waste are unaware of the WHO norms and waste management planning and strategy. They are also not aware of the rules and the fact that their violation might lead to punishments.The IGNOU-WHO programme would take care of all these aspects and equip healthcare personnel with the required knowledge and skills in the matter, making healthcare safer.The State has a huge healthcare network of 48 district hospitals, 1000 nursing homes, ayurvedic colleges besides more than 3,000 healthcare units, 1000 pathology labs and blood banks across the State. The training of personnel here would be big step forward.
IGNOU Puts Its Eggs In New Basket:Launches Certificate Programme In Poultry FarmingPosted on Wed May 13, 2009 at 10:24:20 PM EST
Indira Gandhi National Open University launched a certificate programme in poultry farming at a countrywide videoconference with most regional directors, staff and resource persons.
Enrolment has started for the programme, meant for entrepreneurs, unemployed rural youths, women, and farmers.
For the record, India is the world s third largest producer of eggs -- 50.7 billion in 200607 -- next only to China and USA.
According to Prof O P Mishra, pro-vice-chancellor and in-charge of Educational Development for North East Regions for IGNOU, The basics of the programme will be poultry breeding and management. The move would be started from a regional director from a northeastern region, where it is most sought-after.
Vice chancellor Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai has asked regional directors to translate the course materials in all local regional languages. Fees should not be a limitation for any willing learner to pursue the courses of poultry farming. He also advised RDs of IGNOU centres to identify NGOs and competent rural people to assign responsibilities of delivering the programme.
Profile of Vice - ChancellorProf. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai is the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He is also the Chairman of the Distance Education Council( DEC), which looks after the co-ordination of standards, quality, recognition and developmental assistance to all the 13 State Open Universities, over 150 Distance Education Institutes in the Conventional Universities and in other private Open and Distance Learning institutions in the country. Prof. Pillai has been at the helm of affairs of many higher education institutions during his career spanning over 37 years. His experiences and contributions to the field of science and educational administration are rich and varied. He has served as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi; Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore; Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala; Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology; Founder-Director of the School of Chemical Sciences; Dean of Faculty of Science; Controller of Examinations; Director of College Development Council; Founder-Director of the School of Professional Distance Education and Chief, Employment and Information Guidance Bureau of the Mahatma Gandhi University. He is a Fellow of the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.
An active teacher and researcher in the field of Chemical Sciences, Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai has held post-doctoral and visiting research professor positions in the Universities of Tubingen (Germany), Mainz (Germany) and Lausanne (Switzerland). He created an internationally renowned research group in the area of biopolymers and peptides and has published extensively (about 200 refereed research publications in international journals) in this area. Over 50 doctoral researchers have been guided by him, all of them now occupying leading positions in academia, R&D, and industry in India and abroad. His research publications have received over 1600 citations during the last 18 years and he is one among the top-cited chemists in the country. He holds an International patent for the gram-scale preparation of biologically important peptides. In January 2008, he received the Presidential Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress from the Prime Minister of India. In 2007, he has been conferred the Triennial National M. V. Pylee Award for the Top Academician of India. In 2006, Prof. Pillai was recognized by the R.R. Varma Foundation Best Teacher Award. In 2005, he received the Indian Chemical Society Award for his life-long research achievements in the area of chemical sciences. In 1996, Dr. Pillai received the Materials Research Society of India Lecture Award. His contributions to science and education have also been recognized by the conferment of honorary doctorates. Widely traveled all over the world, Dr. Pillai has presented papers, given invited and plenary lectures, chaired sessions in a large number of National and International conferences, delivered Convocation Addresses, Endowment Lectures and Special Orations in a large number of Universities and institutions. He has hosted several National and International discussions meetings including Indian Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting and Vice-Chancellors Conferences.
SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT ACTIVITIES
*For the last 15 years, Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai has been working at the Vice-Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor level positions in Universities/National Institutions.
*All through his 38 years of service as a teacher, researcher, institution builder and educational administrator, he has been interacting very closely with the institutions at the grass-root levels with students, teachers, college and university authorities, State Councils for H.E. and Chancellor's offices, gathering inputs from them and promoting independent initiatives of institutions. This provided the real strength for Prof. Pillai in contextualizing and implementing the various schemes with participation of all stakeholders.
*The Collegiate Education system in the country is being revitalized through joint approaches involving Directorates of Collegiate Education, Principals & Managements Associations, Teacher's Organizations and student wings for which Prof. Pillai provided the leadership during the last 15 years.
*As a teacher and researcher also he has a sustained track record of quality innovations, and excellent research contributions (which is being continued even now in the midst of administrative responsibilities).
*Interaction with other sectors connected with higher education for capacity-building of teachers in the general liberal education system, with the much-needed focus on social sciences, humanities and basic sciences is a major contribution he has made during his tenure in the UGC.
*Technology-enabled teaching and learning for the conventional collegiate education system is a major initiative he launched.
*Creating brand institutions of undergraduate higher education in basic sciences was a project he has engaged in the UGC which paved the foundation for the new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in the country.
* Personal Details: Age & Date of Birth: 56 years; 20 October 1949; Place of Birth: Chengannur, Kerala State; Married to Dr. P. Geetha, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Women's Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit University, New Delhi; Children: P. Balanarayan, CSIR Senior Research Fellow, Pune University & Dr. P. Gayathri, Faculty of Biology Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
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