To establish study centres in select railway stations
TIRUNELVELI: The 24-year-old Indra Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), having 2 million students in India and 33 other countries, has proposed to offer a range of new programmes from June 2009 and establish 3,000-odd round-the-clock study centres in select railway stations across the country for the benefit of its students on the move.
Addressing the mediapersons here on Friday, Regional Director of the Madurai Regional Centre, M. Shanmugam said the IGNOU, now offering around 1,500 courses, had proposed to offer recently established Schools of Law, Performing and Visual Arts, Sciences, Social Science, Social Work, Translation Studies and Training, Tourism, Hospitality and Sectoral Management, Vocational Education and Training, Agriculture and Computer and Information Sciences.
“As many as 29 undergraduate, post-graduate, post-graduate diploma and certificate courses, which will certainly augment the employability of our students, will be offered through these newly established schools from June 2009 onwards,” said Dr. Shanmugam.
He said the IGNOU had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State-owned Railtel Corporation of India Limited for establishing its round-the-clock study centres on the premises of select railway stations across the country as part of the university’s ongoing decentralisation programme.
“While these study centres will function from the premises of Indian Railways, they will be manned by technically qualified personnel of IGNOU so that our students on the move will be immensely benefited. Since Tamil Nadu is expected to have these centres in nearly 200 railway stations, the Madurai Region of IGNOU is likely to set up this facility in nearly 100 railway stations,” he said.
He informed that the IGNOU, which was using information and communication technology to effectively reach maximum number of students, particularly from the downtrodden sections of the society, would soon establish a FM radio station at Tirunelveli to cater to the needs of its students in this region.
He said that the university had introduced on-demand examination scheme in New Delhi on a pilot basis so that students, who were prepared for the examination in any subject, could sit for the test whenever he wanted.
Dr. Shanmugam said the students would hereafter get all important announcements of the university through Short Messaging Service.
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