Published On: Fri, Nov 20th, 2009

IGNOU enteres its silver jubilee year

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World’s largest university, Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou), entered its silver jubilee year of celebration with a series of announcements and by instituting the annual Rajiv Gandhi International Prize for Technology for Development on Thursday.

Inaugurating the silver jubilee year of celebrations, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil said that though more and more people should get access to education, the quality of education and the need for equity should be given utmost importance.

Addressing the gathering, the President stressed on the importance of regional centres of Ignou. “These centres can play a very important role in reducing disparities in education by extending education opportunities in villages and remote areas,” she said.

Urging the education sector to use information technology, the President said that creation of high quality human resources would place India among the elite list of front-ranking nations of the world.

On the occasion, Patil also launched the Flexi Learning scheme, which provides an opportunity for prospective learners to sample a course before enrolling so that they can choose appropriate courses and programmes.”

Dedicating the `Gyan Deep’ a collaboration for Army personnel by Ignou and the Indian Army initiative to the nation, Patil said: “Through this new collaboration they (Army personnel) will get appropriate certification. This can be helpful in their work and in starting a new professional life at the end of their career in the Army.”

The event was presided by minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal. Minister of state for HRD D Purandeswari and planning commission member Narendra Jadav were the guests of honour. Calling Ignou the pioneer of open and distance education, Sibal said: “Absence of adequate number of quality faculty is a major concern, but this problem can be solved to a large extent through distance learning and interactive learning.”

Later in the day, Jadhav delivered the foundation day lecture on `Sustainability, Innovation and Inclusion in the Education Sector’.

Various events and exhibitions, workshops, career fairs, national and international seminars will be organized across India during the year-long silver jubilee celebration.

Ignou was established on November 19, 1985, with just 4,000 students. Today, it is the largest university in terms of enrolment (2.5 million) and study centres 2,243. The university has its presence in 34 countries and offers 3,500 courses.