IGNOU brings education to every Indian house: Minister of HRDs

Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ congratulated the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Monday for making education accessible to people in all regions of the country and developing the analytical capacity of students through to their research activities.

He was speaking at the 33rd IGNOU convocation ceremony. Over 2.31 lakh students from all over India have graduated from 39 regional centers of the university.

Thanking IGNOU for having provided education in all the houses of the country, the Minister declared: “I congratulate IGNOU for the excellence that it has obtained in the development of the critical and analytical capacity of the students through their activities of research “.

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Gold medals were awarded to more than 50 deserving students at the minister’s summons.

In his convocation speech, “Nishank” praised IGNOU for his “unprecedented expertise in developing and launching academic programs that are needed in today’s environment and very useful for learning communities”.

He also mentioned the competency-based curriculum woven around an enabling environment for learners by the university. Insisting on the need to develop Indian language courses for a wider scope, he insisted on the further development of Hindi and Sanskrit in universities.

He appreciated IGNOU for the increase in the gross enrollment rate (GER), which, according to him, cannot be achieved by the conventional education system alone. He urged the university to introduce programs focused on employment and helping to create jobs.

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Professor Nageshwar Rao, vice-chancellor of the university, said that the university has introduced 26 new academic programs, including three graduate degrees (general), nine specialization programs under the CBCS and three programs in line during the last two admission cycles to meet the diverse needs in the disciplines of health sciences, professional fields, tourism, environmental change, yoga, development studies, etc.

Informing about the university’s online orientation for digital migration, Professor Nageshwar Rao added that an Online Education Center (COE) has been established to facilitate and guide the design and delivery of academic programs through online mode.

Christina A. Kroll

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