IGNOU Vice-Chancellor presents gold medals to 3 students
The 22nd convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was held at the Kuvempu Kalakshetra on the campus of the Bangalore Institute of Technology here on Saturday.
In a convocation where over 700 students from across the country participated, coordinated via video-conferencing, certificates were given away to students from the State. Three gold medallists — S. Raghwan, V. Hema and Sushant C. Shan — were recognised here.
On the occasion, officials announced that a Chair for Indian Literature has been established in the Bangalore Regional Centre.
Further, lab facilities were being developed for new courses that are being developed, including B. Tech. in Aircraft Technology and Maintenance.
The chief guest for the event, Union Minister for Human Resources Development Kapil Sibal, said that India has to cater to the educational needs of a large population and for this at least 1,000 more universities should be established.
“Only distance education can be the solution to this,” he said. Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU V.N. Rajshekaran Pillai presented the gold medals to the students.
Students of all age groups were seen at the convocation as IGNOU has 340 programmes in areas ranging from shoe-making to aircraft maintenance.
Padmavati G.V., a student said: “I completed MBA (HR) from this university. I wanted to support myself. I also hope that this degree will fetch me a promotion where I work.”
Ashwini U., a BCA graduate, said: “I joined here because the regular colleges are very expensive and I could not afford the high fees.”