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Varsities curricula should include IGNOU courses

Postby noopur » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:05 pm

There is a need of more flexibility in learning which can be possible by introducing Credit bit accumulation concept i.e. encouraging other universities to allow their students to take courses of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as a part of their curricula,” said Prof. O.P. Bajpai , Former Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh under Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) while inaugurating a two-day orientation programme of about 72 academic counselors of the University at its Regional Centre-2, Rajghat.

IGNOU believes in constantly updating itself, be it in terms of its self learning course material, distance learners or its academic counselors.

The two day orientation programme was organized in collaboration with Regional Services Division, IGNOU and Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, IGNOU at Mahamana Malaviya Mission auditorium at Malaviya Smriti Bhawan.

Prof. Bajpai also emphasized that orientation of academic counselors must be done by incorporating technology and it should also be used for the students.

Dr. R.P.Singh, Senior Regional Director, Regional Centre Delhi-2, informed that IGNOU is offering quality higher education through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The University serves the educational aspirations of nearly 2.7 million students (27 Lakhs) in India and 40 other countries with a network of 67 Regional Centres. He also provided a brief profile of the Regional Centre Delhi 2. He informed the participants about the need of the orientation programme and briefly explained the nine technical sessions planned for two day orientation programme.

On the first day of the orientation programme, four sessions were planned. In the first session, Dr. Singh explained the difference in mode of teaching in conventional education than counseling session on ODL system. He stressed upon the requirement of ODL to fulfill the mandate of 30% GER by 2020 during the 12th five year plan. The mandate of IGNOU, various components of ODL and the cost effectiveness of imparting education through distance education in contrast to conventional institutions were explained in detail. Further, the diversity of IGNOU learners in terms of age, gender, social status and financial backwardness posed many challenges before academic counselors, which need to be addressed in more practical and efficient manner. Dr. Singh also informed the participants about the organizational structure of IGNOU and contribution of IGNOU in Distance Education.

In Session-II , Prof. Basanti Pradhan, Director, STRIDE, emphasized about the needs and characteristics of Self Learning Material (SLM) with special reference to IGNOU study material. She explained in detailed methodology of preparing the SLM and the effective use of these materials for the benefit of counseling. She invoked lot of interaction with the academic counselors during her presentation.

After lunch break, Session- III , Dr. Manjula Saxena, Deputy Director, Regional Services Division explained importance of Learners Support in Distance Education and support Services in IGNOU with Special Reference to RC/SC. She defined the role of co-ordinators in study centers, regional center staff etc. in the student support process. She also defined the aspirations and involvement of various variety of learners. She also highlighted role of academic counselors in imparting education of IGNOU learners.

In session-IV, Dr. Manjula Saxena, stressed upon the methodology of tutoring and counseling sessions in Distance Education. She included lot of skits, presentation and interaction with the counselors. After the session, she obtained the feedback of 1st Day Programme by the participants.

IGNOU Regional Centre Delhi-2, Rajghat, caters to the students of IGNOU in the North Delhi, West Delhi and the East Delhi. This Regional Center is the biggest Regional Center in India in terms of enrolment and this year alone more than 54000 students have taken admission in various courses of IGNOU under the Regional Center. The Regional center has more than 140 programs being conducted at various centers and has more than 3000 academic faculty members enrolled with IGNOU as counselors for providing academic support to the students.
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