EDUCATION PLUS

IGNOU offers a bouquet of courses

NEW COURSE: Optometry is concerned with vision and ocular health.

NEW COURSE: Optometry is concerned with vision and ocular health.  



G. KRISHNAKUMAR

Details of some of the new programmes being introduced by the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Academic programmes in optometry and ophthalmic techniques and power distribution management are among the new initiatives of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2007. Besides these two courses, the university has announced programmes in management and commerce; newborn and infant care; and maternal and child health. The B.Sc. (Hons) programme in optometry and ophthalmic techniques is being developed in collaboration with the Federation of Ophthalmic Research and Education Centres. It is aimed at developing multipurpose ophthalmic manpower at the paramedical level. The course curriculum has been designed to train students become competent persons in providing service as optician, optometrist, refractionist and ophthalmic assistant. Eligibility for admission is pass in Plus Two with English, physics, chemistry and biology, with at least 45 per cent marks in aggregate. For selection, 90 per cent weightage is given for the aggregate marks and 10 per cent for the interview. The duration of the programme is four years.The Advanced Certificate in Power Distribution Management (ACPDM) is a 16-credit certificate programme developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Power, USAID-India and Power Finance Corporation under the Distribution Reform Upgrades and Management (DRUM) project.

For professionals

Regional Director of IGNOU V. Vasudevan told The Hinduthat the programme was meant for professionals employed in power utilities. It would help them upgrade their skills, enhance systemic efficiency and deliver quality power to the satisfaction of consumers. The eligibility for admission to the programme was Bachelor's degree in engineering, commerce or science or engineering diploma, with two-year experience in power utilities or the electricity sector. Duration of the course is six months. Dr. Vasudevan said the admission for some of the diploma programmes announced recently would be open till December 31. They include courses in aquaculture; value-added products from fruits and vegetables; meat technology; and dairy technology. The aquaculture course is designed to provide technical know-how to traditional fisher-folk and promote green aquaculture involving environment-friendly practices. The post-harvest management of fruits and vegetables and production of value-added products from them need competent human resource. The course in value-added products from fruits and vegetables intends to inculcate vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities among the rural youth and disadvantaged sections of society.The dairy and meat technology courses are aimed at improving outreach of agricultural education for the rural masses. These programmes are developed in collaboration with various national and international organisations. The qualification needed for admission to these programmes is Plus Two. A Ph.D. programme in management and commerce is another highlight of IGNOU's academic programmes for 2007. Eligibility for admission to the doctoral programme in management and commerce is M.Phil. or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with 55 per cent marks (50 per cent for SC/ST and physically handicapped) or an equivalent grade from a university or a recognised institution of higher learning and five years of teaching, industry, adminis trative or professional experience at the senior level.





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