MADURAI: Inauguration of Indira Gandhi National Open University’s open distance learning centre and a community college would mark the culmination of diamond jubilee celebrations of Lady Doak College, said its Principal Nirmala Jeyaraj here on Thursday.

Briefing presspersons, she said that the programme would be conducted on July 26 in which a special cover would be released by the Department of Posts.

A souvenir and a book on human rights education would also be released. The book would serve as a good resource material for students of LDC for whom human rights education was compulsory, she said.

As the University Grants Commission had demarcated inclusive education as one of the main thrust areas under the 11th Plan, the college, in keeping with its commitment to creating an interface between the rural community and academia, had planned to start a community college on a sprawling 35-acre satellite campus in Velichanatham, a village off Natham highway.

The community college would cater to the educational needs of students from villages, Dr. Nirmala Jeyaraj said and added that it would be a co-educational institution.

Rural development programmes, all extension and environment-related activities would be organised at the satellite campus while the main campus would continue to offer regular courses. Since construction work at the satellite campus was yet to begin, the community college would function in a rented building at Kancharampettai till the work got completed, she said.

All can enrol

The IGNOU had identified LDC as partner institute for its convergence programme. Even employed men and women and homemakers could enrol themselves in the open distance learning programme.

Regular students also could opt for the different courses under the scheme and obtain dual degree, she said.