The ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu will soon collaborate with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in the area of teacher training and capacity building, according to Information Technology Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna.

Speaking at the launch of degree programmes in multimedia and animation and information technology offered by Green Valley Community College and Orange Computer Education in partnership with IGNOU here on Wednesday, she said that multimedia was one of the fastest growing sectors. “Training youth in these areas will help the country tap its demographic dividend.”

Pro-Vice Chancellor of IGNOU Latha Pillai said the programme emphasised hands-on training and other practical components and was also aimed at helping school dropouts acquire education and skills that would make them employable.

On the possible partnership with the State government, Ms. Pillai said: “We are very excited about it. Teacher training is a very important area and collaborating with Tamil Nadu's ICT Academy will help us look at teacher training using technology.”

The two programmes launched on Wednesday would follow a credit system with 96 credits over three years.

Mayor M. Subramanian, CEO of Orange Computer Education Geetha Nagu; CEO of Sun Industries Nagu Chidambaram; and proprietor of Kamala Cinemas V.N. Chidambaram were among others who spoke.

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