“Education to be a priority area”

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Education will be one of the priority areas in the 11th Five Year Plan and the Centre will spend more money on it than the last Plan, said Planning Commission member Bhalchandra Mungekar on Monday.

11th Plan

“The 11th Five Year Plan will have two and a half times more allocation of resources to education than the 10th Plan. In the field of higher education, there will be four and a half times more allocation of resources than the previous Plan,” he said during a function at the Indira Gandhi National Open University here.

Mr. Mungekar was the guest of honour at the Foundation Day celebration of IGNOU during which a novel scheme on “Convergence of Conventional Education and Distance Learning” was unveiled.

New scheme

IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai said: “The nation-wide scheme will seek to increase the gross enrolment ratio of students. It will also increase the role of technology-augmented education and promote satellite-based education. It will expand the reach of education along with social inclusiveness.”

Under the new scheme, regular students enrolled in colleges through a conventional system can simultaneously enrol for a degree of the same level at IGNOU.

Credit transfer will be given due consideration through a memorandum of understanding between IGNOU and the university concerned.

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